Bend City Council narrowly approves Mirror Pond plan


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PORTLAND, Oregon — The Bend City Council approved a resolution to explore the feasibility of a plan to replace the century-old Mirror Pond dam and redevelop the downtown riverfront.

The Bulletin newspaper ( ) says the council approved the resolution 4-3 late Wednesday despite objections from those who attended the meeting.

The dam impounds the Deschutes River downtown to create a lake popular for recreational use.

Besides removing the dam, the proposal calls for the addition of a natural-looking structure that will maintain the current water level while providing fish passage and a path for kayakers and floaters. A portion of the property near the dam would become a public plaza, while the historic brick powerhouse would be preserved.

City Manager Eric King says the resolution gives the city the go-ahead to explore the project while any expenditure would have to be approved later.

Information from: The Bulletin,

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