Chances are you participate in at least one of the many recreational opportunities offered all around us. From biking, hiking, fishing, floating, skiing or the myriad of other outdoor activities, these valuable assets are also the things that draw thousands of visitors from all over the country - and the world. The quality of our outdoor recreation is the most important factor in our tourism and thus for our broader economic development.

April’s City Club forum involves how best our Central Oregon community can plan for recreation. We’ve got a great natural “field of play” and a great team of private and public players, each with great plans. But is there a comprehensive game plan for how these entities might best coordinate their efforts? Do we need a coach? Or do we rely on private enterprise and markets to guide the process? Let's hear from you.

Doug LaPlaca: (Visit Bend) will give an overview of the importance of outdoor recreation to tourism and economic development.

Response panelists include representatives from various sectors of outdoor recreation, including:

Woody Starr: Central Oregon Trail Alliance
Aaron Switzer: Lay It Out Events
John Allen: USFS
Dave Rathbun: Mt. Bachelor
JD Downing: XC Oregon
Will Blount: Bend Paddle Trail Alliance

moderator: David Blair, City Club board member

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