Pond Not A Mirror Here — Manner in which mud flats in the bottom of Bend’s Mirror Pond have expanded in recent years became evident Thursday when the basin was partly drained to recover the body of Harry G. Clement. This is a view downstream from the Tumalo Avenue bridge. Some of these flats are visible even when the Mirror Pond is at capacity. (Bend Bulletin Photo)
Magnitude of the task that faces Bend in the not distant future became evident when the Mirror pond was recently drained to it expansive mud flats.
That task will be the removal of at least some of the mud and debris that has collected in the basin in the 45 years the Mirror pond has existed.
When the pond bottom was bared recently, it became evident that the accumulation of mud has been heavy in recent years. Practically all of this was deposited a very fine silt that drifted in from upriver sources.
But the Mirror pond, far-famed as a beauty spot when its water laps the edge of lawns and parks, is also an accumulation of debris that largely results from the habits of litterbugs.
Bottles, cans, old tires, bicycle tires–all these and more are a part of the litter strewn over the river bottom.
Some of the litter was tossed from bridges. Much of it found its way into the river from park side. There is considerable debris directly offshore from Pageant park, where the gay pageant fleet assembles each year.
The problem of removing mud and silt from the rapidly-filling basin cannot easily be solved. It will eventually call for planning, and for funds. The mud cannot be dredged from Mirror pond, as was done in the Brooks-Scanlon mill pond upstream.
If the mud is flushed downstream, some major problems will be faced.
But there should be some solution to the problem of halting the year-around activity of litterbugs.
Possibly that solution would be an appeal to the public to cooperate in keeping clean one of Oregon’s most beautiful spots, the Mirror pond of the Deschutes.
The body of Harry G. Clement, 70, janitor for two Bend churches who had been missing since Monday, was found shortly before noon today, in the Deschutes river below the Drake Park footbridge.
Clement on Monday wrote a long letter to his pastor, Rev. Dean Poindexter, and added a postscript. In that postscript, Clement said he would end his life by jumping from “the footbridge.”
It is believed he jumped from the Drake Park bridge. The body lodged against one of the piers used in anchoring the Mirror Pond pageant arches.
This morning, while crews with grappling hooks cruised over the rapidly lowering Mirror Pond, two men were at work sawing off the tops of the arch piers. As they worked on the east unit of the pair of piers, they spotted the body, head of which was bobbing above the water.
Working on the arch pier, and locating the body were Hugh Dugan and P. G. Hundley. Cruising nearby in a boat were Fire Chief Vernon Carlon and Lowell Wing.
They brought the body to shore, at the east end of the Drake Park bridge.
In his note to Rev. Poindexter, Clement left instructions as to the disposal of his property. He indicated he was suffering from cancer.
As the search got under way yesterday and continued this morning, the Mirror pond was reduced to expansive mud flats. Grappling work was halted at dusk yesterday evening, and continued early this morning.
Grappling crews had several times explored the area of the pageant piers, but because of the murky water, were unable to see the body.
Because there are two footbridges over the Deschutes in Bend, at Gilchrist avenue upstream and in the Drake park area, there was some confusion as to the span Clement mentioned in his note.
As a result. the search covered the entire Mirror Pond.