Scientists say that being outdoors has many health benefits, including reduced risk of diseases and conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and depression. Better health is a great reason to get out and enjoy Oregon’s natural beauty, but it’s also just plain fun.

You don’t necessarily have to plan a big adventure or find a difficult hiking trail to reap the benefits of Oregon’s outdoors – sometimes your neighborhood park offers everything you need. There’s a pretty park in Bend that we love, and if you’ve never visited, you’re going to fall in love with it, too. Check out Harmon Park:

Visit the Bend Park & Recreation District’s website for more information. Have you visited this park before? We’d love to hear your stories and see your photos in the comments!

If you’re looking for another fun playground to visit, take a look at this natural playground right in Portland, and if the weather’s not cooperating, visit this island-themed indoor playground.

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