2023 Central Oregon Awardees

Bend Parks and Recreation District, River Access Improvements Phase 3

Bend Parks and Recreation District: River Access Improvements Phase 3

This project will improve river access along a busy stretch of the Deschutes River, making river access more accessible to all, while also restoring habitat and ensuring sustainable water enjoyment for decades to come.

Bend Parks and Recreation District, River Access Improvements Phase 3

High Desert Museum, Changing Exhibits Initiative

The Changing Exhibit Initiative continually brings new and exciting experiences to the Museum that drive attendance throughout the year, bolster our region’s tourism and support a thriving art and culture community.

Bend Parks and Recreation District, River Access Improvements Phase 3

Oregon Adaptive Sports, Moving Mountains


Moving Mountains will create enhanced opportunities for residents and visitors with disabilities and their families to access and enjoy the exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities that abound in Central Oregon.

Sisters Trail Alliance

Sisters Trails Alliance, Whychus Overlook Accessibility Enhancement Project

Create a fully inclusive overlook at the prized and recognized Whychus Creek Overlook by modifying the existing masonry wall with two 10’ viewing section openings and refitting with a cable-rail assembly. 

Bend Parks and Recreation District, River Access Improvements Phase 3

Tower Theatre, Sound Mitigation Project

This project will fully complete comprehensive sound mitigation to improve, enhance, and clarify audio amplification in the venue for patrons, performers, and visitors.

Deschutes Soil and Water Conversation District

Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District, Got Stars Central Oregon

International Dark-sky Assoc. (Oregon Chapter), Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District and their eight Central Oregon partners are collaborating on a community-wide initiative to showcase the importance and solutions related to dark skies and astrotourism through outreach, education, and signage and lighting improvements.

Central Oregon Trail Alliance

Central Oregon Trail Alliance: Welcome to Central Oregon’s Trails

This project will welcome locals and visitors to the many Central Oregon trails beyond the popular trails near Bend by improving signage and trip planning information.

Discover Your Forest

Discover Your Forest, Skull Hollow Trail Head

This project will provide facility improvements to enhance a diverse-mixed use trail area and prevent further resource damage to the most visited trailhead in the Crooked River National Grassland (CRNG), the only National Grassland in the Pacific Northwest. 

Maupin Area Chamber Endowment

Maupin Area Chamber Endowment, Deschutes River Athletic Complex (DRAC)

The Deschutes River Athletic Complex is becoming a world class track & football field, stage & related spectator facility located on South Wasco Co. School District property, overlooking the Wild & Scenic Deschutes River in Maupin, OR. 

Bend Parks and Recreation District, River Access Improvements Phase 3

Oregon Equestrian Trails, Sheep Springs Horse Camp Steel Corral Upgrade

Oregon Equestrian Trails will install steel corrals at Sheep Springs Horse Camp, providing safe and durable corrals critical for equine safety and visitor satisfaction.

Sunriver Owners Association

Sunriver Owners Association, Sunriver Pathway Wayfinding Signs

This project will provide 25 new signs throughout the community of Sunriver providing enhanced wayfinding for residents and visitors.

Warm Springs Community Action Team

Warm Springs Community Action Team, Warm Springs Commissary

This collaborative project will create a sustainable visitor destination and business incubator supporting 40 aspiring or current small business owners in the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.