Downtown Bend Business Association is installing flower baskets around the area


BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Downtown Bend has been the heart of the community for over 100 years. In 1903, local Bend families opened their stores and the Bend community worked together to beautify their town. It’s not that different today, here in 2021, local Bend families are opening their stores, in the same Wall and Bond streets that served as a community center 100 years ago – and, even today, the community. Bend works together to beautify their city.

Early on Friday morning, before the sun even woke up, a few dedicated people worked to set up flower baskets in the city center. These people are on staff of the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA), and these flower baskets are funded by members of the local Bend community who come to drink beer and enjoy absurd games of skill and tricks. ridiculous strength at the Bend Oktoberfest every year in Downtown Bend.

The DBBA is a small, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the vitality of Downtown Bend by improving the experience, image and lifestyle of the Downtown Bend Economic Improvement District. Bend Oktoberfest is their biggest fundraiser each year and all proceeds from this event go directly to the beautification of downtown Bend, including the downtown Bend flower baskets.

The downtown districts have more than 100 flower baskets and 50 planters spread across the heart of the city. These flower baskets start to grow when summer still seems like a distant dream, and they are nurtured and cared for in Land Systems greenhouses. Every year in May, DBBA staff, much like Santa who delivers goons, lights the streets of Downtown Bend, and sets up flower baskets while everyone sleeps. As Memorial Day weekend dawns, summer begins in Downtown Bend.

When you visit Downtown Bend this summer, you can enjoy its century-old buildings and quaint, flower-adorned streets everywhere you look thanks to local community members like you supporting the entrepreneurial core of their city.

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