Bend’s annual Pole Pedal Paddle race expected to draw 1,500 competitors this year, could lose a leg if Bend city commissioners approve a resolution Wednesday.
The resolution would prohibit boating activities on Mirror Pond while the pond is being dredged. The dredging is likely to start later this week and is expected to last about 30 days.
That would mean the boating restriction would be in effect beyond the May 12 race date.
The pond is used as one segment of the five-leg race, which includes downhill and cross-county skiing, bicycling, canoeing and running. The race held every year since 1977, is a benefit for Skyliner Ski Club.
The city commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.
Asked wheter the resolution would affect the race, City Attorney Ron Marceau said this morning, “I talked to (assistant city attorney) Jim Forbes. The answer is yeah, the resolution would preclude the Pole Pedal Paddle.”
But it’s not the intention of the city to scuttle the race, be cationed.
“This resolution was prepared last fall. Whoever put it on the agenda evidently wasn’t thinking about the Pole Pedal Paddle,” he said.
I think what will happen at the meeting is that either a reevaluation of the resolution will find it to be unnecessary or, if it’s necessary, some provision will be made to prohibit only unauthorized persons from boating on the river.”
The Skyliner’s executive secretary, Marilyn Karnopp, said she isn’t concerned about the resolution. She said City Manager Art assured her that, because the city approved the race last fall, the resolution would have no effect on it.
She said the city’s public works department also has told her that the dredge would not operate the weekend of the race.
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