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We are governed by a seven member Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Commission, who serve a four-year term and are appointed by the Mayor. Meetings are held at Noon on the second Tuesday of each month. Location varies; please call for details. We also have a Tree Commission that is currently working on updating and improving the Tree Ordinance. Meetings are held at Noon on the second Thursday of every other month. All commission meetings are open to the public, and we encourage attendance and public input. 

Current Parks, Recreation, & Cemetery Commission Members:

Vern Willcox, Chair
Brett Bryan
Dawn DiFuria McClendon
Rick Guenther
John Blessinger
Kathryn Brown
Molly Turner

Current Tree Commission Members: 

Dave Powell, Chair
Chris Johnson
Dawn DiFuria McClendon (Parks and Recreation Commission Representative)
Donna LaVerdure
Richard Prowse 

Parks Division

The Parks Division maintains Pendleton's parks system, which includes 22 public park areas and 20 landscaped sites. This includes 11 reserve-able park shelters. Maintenance activities include mowing, operation of irrigation systems, restroom cleaning, park garbage pick-up, tree maintenance, leaf and snow removal, and related activities to keep the sites attractive and functional. In addition, the Parks Division coordinates rental of the Vert Auditorium, Club Room, and Little Theater.

The Pendleton Parks Commission was established in 1928, becoming the Parks and Recreation Commission in 1961. Pendleton’s park system developed around 1915 when the site for Til Taylor Park was acquired and land was set aside for Round Up Park, now Roy Raley Park.

Recreation Division

The Recreation Division staffs and programs the Aquatic Center, Til Taylor pool, two summer park programs, adult and youth athletic activities, a thriving gymnastics program and many other recreational activities. The Recreation Division stewards the Pendleton Recreation Center, which houses the Helen McCune Gymnasium and the Pendleton Foundation Room. They coordinate birthday party rentals, community use, open gyms, and recreation programs in the facility. 

Recreation programming began around 1927 with Pendleton’s ten-week public playground program of supervised play. A newspaper article in 1929 noted that 165 children attended the last picnic of the playground season.

Cemetery Division

Olney Cemetery, a 49-acre cemetery, is operated and maintained by the City of Pendleton's cemetery division that includes Olney Abbey Mausoleum, the Memorial Garden, and Treehaven Pet Cemetery. Activities include mowing, irrigation, grave openings, tree maintenance, and other activities to keep the cemetery functional and attractive.

The Pendleton cemetery, later known as Pioneer Cemetery, was abandoned in 1891 when Olney Cemetery was established. Most graves/headstones were moved to Olney, but several remain in what is now known as Pioneer Park.

Parks, Recreation & Cemetery | 865 Tutuilla Rd. | Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: 541.276.8100 | Contact: casey.brown@ci.pendleton.or.us

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