History of Blue River Park

The Blue River Park was created in 1952 as a result of the generous gift by Fred and Dorothy Behm. Fred was a logger and tree farmer, and the couple had actively supported causes that benefited the local community since moving to the area a decade before.

Since then, improvements and maintenance of the park have been entirely accomplished  by volunteers and sustained by donations, overseen by a local board of directors.

The park became a favourite place for locals and visitors alike, hosting a wide range of events over the years such as Little league baseball, outdoor concerts, “turkey shoots,”  Halloween “trunk-or-treat,” community gardening, and “slab dances.”

On the night of Labor Day, 2020, the Blue River Park, along with most of the surrounding town, was devastated by the Holiday Farm Fire.  As a result, most of the trees had to be cut down, and as it gets ready to reopen in the Fall, 2021, Blue River Park will look very different.

Our Mission

But with great challenges come great opportunities. As we approach our 70th anniversary, the Blue River Park District wants to rebuild back better than ever before, once again becoming a favorite place for locals and visitors to experience the beauty and joy of the McKenzie River Valley.  Join us in our journey by donating, volunteering, or getting in touch with ideas and suggestions

Donate to Help Rebuild Blue River Park

We have a lot of work on our hands and any help you can offer is much appreciated. Your donation will help us make the Park the center of the community once again and provide both residents and visitors with better facilities and services.

Every Little Helps!

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Donations are tax deducible. The Park is a Special District and thus a government entity and donations to governments are detectable. Please check with your Financial advisor.