The Deschutes Campground Amphitheater got a major face lift this spring. Located in B-loop, the amphitheater was in tired, sad shape so five dedicated volunteers, in just two and a half weeks, fixed it up.
The old amphitheater was originally built in 1970. It’s had work done to it over the years by volunteer groups like the Tel Com Pioneers and a number of camp hosts; however by 2014 it was suffering major decay and damage from termites, vandalism, weather, outdated design and age. David Slaght, Park Manager, agreed to the renovations earlier than planned to ensure visitor safety.
The new amphitheater, named Camp Coyote, was designed to give the feeling of an old, retro-styled summer camp. A new screen was erected, the stage was removed as it was a tripping hazard, the podium was replaced and rewired for power, new solar lights were installed for safety, some benches were replaced, while others were sanded and all were stained, cracks in the asphalt were filled, the fire pit was moved so that visitors can stay warm and see the screen, and a new junior ranger area was added. Bird feeders, rocks and new plants, a bat house, and canoe paddles all make the area a lot more welcoming.
So when you visit The Cove come by Camp Coyote; relax around the fire, learn some fun facts, and roast a couple of marshmallows. Kids will love the Junior Ranger area.