Mirror Pond is Filled and Placid

Bend’s mirror pond is again full and placid today, with ducks, swans and geese swimming back and forth across the basin that for 12 days was covered by unsightly mud flats. The power dam flood gates were closed yesterday afternoon and the huge pond rapidly filled.

The pond was drained nearly two weeks ago to permit contractors to sink footings for the Newport avenue bridge piers. While the water was low, the contractors used three shifts daily on the bridge.

Mired in the mud while water was out of the pond, the “Queen of the Deschutes”, Fourth of July float, floated again as the pond attained its normal level.

It is believed the draining of the pond will solve the aquatic weed problem for the current year, although it is believed that hot weather would have resulted in a far greater mortality.

Source: Bend Bulletin ©1936

Mirror Pond Will Be Filled Again Tonight

Emptied 12 days ago to permit contractors to pour concrete for Newport bridge piers, the mirror pond tomorrow morning will again be flush with its banks, if plans announced today materialize. Flood gates of the power dam were to be closed this afternoon and the mirror pond basin will slowly fill through the night.

Today, a city crew rushed to complete the destruction of a mud island out in the mirror pond that has been growing so rapidly in recent years that floats used in the Fourth of July pageant have frequently gone aground.

Source: The Bend Bulletin ©1936