Save Deschutes South Canyon
Green Space

Goal GOAL: Preserve urban, natural green space between Brookswood and the Deschutes River as parkland with access for all.

Together we can create a different future for Bend

A few reasons to protect the Deschutes South Canyon (aka: "COID") land:

This land is the largest undeveloped open space remaining in the City of Bend on the Deschutes River. It is currently owned by the Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID), but approximately 80 acres are slated for sale and development.

The entire community will benefit by keeping significant areas of this special corridor, with cliffs overlooking the river and beautiful trails meandering through trees and wildlife habitat, undeveloped and available for public recreational use and enjoyment. Bend is a great place to live because of easy access to beautiful natural areas in town - sadly these areas are quickly disappearing - we should save this one!

It is important to make our voices heard early while there is still a chance to protect this land

Reasons to Protect the Deschutes
South Canyon Green Space

Healthy Living

The Deschutes South Canyon property offers access to nature trails leading to the river providing opportunities for walking, biking, running, dog exercising, bird watching, fishing, shared family exploration, x-country skiing, snowshoeing, contemplative leisure, and more. During the pandemic, these trails saw increased use and provided safe open space for many people

Trails and Commuting Hub

The Deschutes River Trail-South Canyon Reach and Central Oregon Historic Canal Trail begin on this section of COID property. Trail users can connect to Larkspur Trail and Pilot Butte plus downtown and Old Mill. Many unnamed user trails wind through acres of trees, along the small canal, natural features, and river views which will be lost when development is allowed here.

Protection of wildlife habitat in Bend

River corridors provide immensely important wildlife habitat. This habitat type is especially critical along the wildland-urban interface. Many species, such as songbirds, small mammals like chipmunks, deer, pollinators, and amphibians, rely on intact habitat for foraging, nesting, and travel corridors, in an altered landscape. Conserving areas like the Deschutes South Canyon creates a network of linked habitats that ensure wildlife populations can thrive in a dynamic Bend landscape.

Deschutes South Canyon News


August 9, 2023

Help Save Critical Trail On COID Property – Deadline for comment August 28 The future of one of the major trails on the Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) property in the Deschutes South Canyon is being decided now. Known by many as the Canopy Trail, it includes the trailhead on…


Help save the Canopy Trail!

June 15, 2023

Dear Friend of Deschutes South Canyon: We need your help to urge Bend Park & Recreation District (BPRD) and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to preserve the Canopy Trail in the Deschutes South Canyon (aka COID property).


Spring 2023 Newsletter

June 15, 2023

Welcome to the inaugural Save Bend Green Space (SBGS) newsletter. We are starting this newsletter to keep you updated about our efforts to preserve the trails, trees and habitat in the Deschutes South Canyon (aka the COID property). In this issue find information on the Property Line Adjustments and the…


DRAFT Restrictive Covenant

November 17, 2022

Background: The Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID ) submitted a series of five Type II Property Line Adjustment (PLA) applications to the City in an effort to reconfigure its property in the Deschutes South Canyon to be able to sell a large portion to a developer. The public comment period…


Neighborhood Update on Deschutes South Canyon – September 2022

October 8, 2022

COID Property and Potential Sale of Land Background: The Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) owns a large piece of property located between Brookswood Blvd and the Deschutes River. Many people use the existing trails and land for walking, biking and a multitude of outdoor activities. The land consists of several…


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