TROY FIELD: Prior to serving on the Bend City Council, I was a member of the Deschutes County Landmarks Commission, so I understand the importance of preserving cultural and historic landmarks. While it’s true, Troy Field is not officially listed on the National Historic Register, the spirit of its conservation is alive and well within our community. This is why citizens came out in droves to oppose the Bend LaPine School Board when it announced it would sell the open parcel to an independent private party.
I fought hard to keep the parcel’s “Public Resource” Comprehensive Plan Designation effectively blocking the sale. I did not feel the public’s interest and the future of the site should be left in the hands of a private developer, forever altering the fate of the parcel and undermining the public’s right to do with it as they see fit.
Moving forward, it is my commitment to invite the public to be involved in planning the open space of our downtown core so we can all collectively decide if Troy Field should remain as it is today. Having said this, we must also accomplish the planning of Heritage Square, and move the three public agencies who seem most involved with Troy Field, namely the City of Bend, the BLPSD, and BPRD, closer to whatever that public consensus is: If the public wants it to be preserved as open space then all three of these agencies should respect that.