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Bend Office Highlight: Drake Neighborhood and Park

  |  Central Oregon

Tucked alongside the Deschutes River, Drake Park is easily one of Bend’s most popular locations. Tourists and residents alike take in the 13 acres of greenspace and enjoy looking out onto Mirror Pond. The same Mirror Pond that was the inspiration behind Deschutes Brewery’s award winning pale ale.
Named after Alexander M. Drake, the original owner of the land, the park has become a staple in the community, hosting many events throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Now in it’s 27th year, Drake Park is also the location for Bend Memorial Clinic’s Munch and Music, a weekly series that allows people to enjoy art, food, and free music.
Adjacent to the park is a neighborhood of the same name. In 2005 the neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic places due to its close association with Bend’s early development and the various architectural styles that can be found there.
The land was subdivided by Drake in May of 1910 and just six years later 41 percent of the neighborhood, then call Park Addition, was sold. The area was highly desirable due to the spacious lot sizes and proximity to jobs. Price of the lots ranged from $100 to $250. Many of the homes were owned by the larger local companies and housed executives and high ranking employees. Because of this, it’s safe to say that the neighborhoods resident’s contributed largely to the expansion of the lumber mill industry and overall economic growth in Bend.
Eighty of the homes in the neighborhood were built between 1910 and 1954 and four make the National Register of Historic Places themselves. Drake Neighborhood and Park remain an extremely desirable location to this day. Go check it out for yourself!

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