Bend, Ore– The Deschutes National Forest received $410,000 for improvements to Meissner Sno-Park from the Western Federal Lands of the Federal Highway Administration through the Oregon Forest Highway Program which is a five-year transportation enhancement program. Construction funds will be available in FY 2015 with additional funds available earlier for preliminary engineering and contract administration.
Bend/Fort Rock District Ranger Shane Jeffries says “this project will enhance the quality of the winter experience for recreation users coming to the Deschutes National Forest via the scenic byway.”
Located approximately 7 miles from Bend and adjacent to the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway, improvements to Meissner Sno-Park will include expansion of the existing parking lot by 60 parking spaces, additional accessible parking spaces, accommodation for shuttle buses to encourage multi-modal alternative forms of transportation, a new shelter, and a new double CXT toilet.
There will also be a Cascadian-style kiosk for winter recreation information, resource protection education, and interpretation about the late Virginia Meissner, an icon in the Nordic skiing community and namesake for the Sno-Park. The Tumalo Langlauf Club is the main partner providing assistance with planning and design for this project benefiting the community with improved facilities for winter recreation activities.