In 2007 John Schwechten and CJ Anderson founded Peace Bridges with the mission statement of promoting peace in our community and throughout the world. We began in Bend, Oregon with efforts toward having a small local bridge designated a peace bridge.
This effort was finally realized when on December 17, 2008, the Bend City Council proclaimed the Portland Avenue bridge "The Peace Bridge of Bend." The bridge crosses the Deschuttes River and is adjacent to two parks, Pacific and Pioneer. We also adopted Pacific Park, with the ultimate goal of partnering with the park district in the creation of a naturalized peace garden area.
A sincere thank you to our sponsors:
Our logo uses the colors of the flag of Kenya. It uses the symbolic image of a necklace that can also appear as a headdress...and a bridge. It is strong and yet female.
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