Parks and Recreation
North Bend Golf Course
The 18-hole NBGC is not overly long but it has some very unique and challenging holes, with a par of 35 for both the front and the back nines. There is water on several of the holes but sand on only one. Out of bounds comes into play on many holes and there are very few flat lies if you can’t keep the ball in the fairway. The fairways are very well maintained and the rough is lush. The greens and tee boxes are considered to be some of the best in the area. A remodeled clubhouse offers drinks and snacks.
The Franklin-Cotterel Greens feature thousands of different species of trees, shrubs and plants. Take a relaxing walk or get some exercise on the newly paved trails winding through the arboretum. It is located on 22 acres of ground surrounding North Bend Central High School in the northwest corner of town. Enter near the football field.
North Bend Veterans Park
The North Bend Veterans Park, at Ninth and Main, pays tribute to all the men and women who have served this country in the armed forces. Five life-size bronze statues represent different branches of the military. Engraved bricks and a kiosk linking to online stories of veterans memorialize local veterans past and present who have served the United States in uniform.
North Bend City Park
At 11th and Locust in the northeast corner of town, the city park features playground equipment, picnic tables, and plenty of shade. In the middle of the park is a 30-by-50 foot pavilion built in 2017 available to host gatherings and serves as a food stand during Old Settlers. The park is also home to Foltz Field baseball field, basketball and tennis courts and the public swimming pool.
Public Swimming Pool
Located in the city park at 12th and Locust, the city swimming pool was built in 1999 and hosts the North Bend Sharks swim team in the summer as well as swimming lessons. The heated pool features a low diving board, a couple of slides, and a separate zero-depth wading pool for younger swimmers.
One of the great waterways of America, the Platte River, trickles past North Bend about half mile to the south. Many locals enjoy rides up and down the river on airboats, with maybe a stop for a sandbar picnic or some fishing.