BEND, Ore. — This year, in its first full summer season, more than 231,000 people floated through the Bend, Oregon, Whitewater Park passageway channel on inner tubes, kayaks or paddleboards.
The Bend Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/hIeFf6 ) that’s roughly 2,200 floaters each day between May 15 and Aug. 22.
Ride the River shuttle, which ends for the season Monday, has seen a steady increase in riders this summer.
The Bend Whitewater Park, built, in part, with money from a $29 million bond passed by voters in 2012, opened in September 2015 but closed a month later for repairs.
Repairs last winter that cost almost $535,000 addressed problems with people getting hurt, hung up on rocks, puncturing their tubes or getting dumped into the water.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com