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IN THIS ISSUE  |  JANUARY 2022

Let's Get to Work: 2022 Projects

2022 is just getting started and it's looking to be a big year for parks.

From playground renovations and lighting upgrades to brand new parks, we want to share some of the exciting projects you can look forward to seeing in the year ahead.

We've broken out the projects according to the phase of development. While this is not an exhaustive list of all the important work happening in Parks, it captures some of the highlights.

Planning Phase
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Park renovation*
  • Scobert Gardens Park renovation
  • Mattie Reynolds Park*
  • Golden Gardens Sports Park*
Design Development
  • Suzanne Arlie Trail & Access*
  • Santa Clara Community Park, Phase 1*
  • Riverfront Plaza
  • Delta Ponds Loop Trail*
  • Fern Ridge Path Lighting*
Construction Phase
  • Berkeley Park renovation* Reopening this spring! 
  • Churchill Tennis Court renovation*
  • Downtown Riverfront Park* Opening this spring!
  • Lincoln School Park renovation
  • Monroe Park lighting replacement*
  • Monroe Park restroom renovation*
  • Sheldon Pool renovation* Reopening this spring!
  • Striker Field Park*
*Projects with funding from the 2018 Parks and Recreation Bond and Levy

Pre's Trail Lighting Complete

The lighting upgrades in Alton Baker Park on the western loop of Pre's Trail (yellow trails on the map to the left) are complete.

These renovations were made possible with funding from the 2018 Parks and Recreation bond. Thank you, voters!

South Bank Path Reopened

The Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path from the Frohnmayer Bridge to the Hilyard Street entrance has reopened!

The South Bank Path Project realigned and rebuilt approximately 3,000 feet of the South Bank Path this summer.

Head over to the river to enjoy:

  • New twelve-foot-wide path concrete surface in straighter alignment.
  • 2018 Parks and Recreation bond-funded energy efficient overhead lighting along the new concrete path.
  • New gravel walking and running trail — converted from portions of the old path.
The river path remains closed from the DeFazio Bridge to the Hilyard Street entrance for the construction of the Downtown Riverfront Park which is expected to open in early 2022. For continuous travel on the river path, community members should plan to use the North Bank Path.
Left: Before repaving and realignment. Right: After repaving and realignment.

Park Survey Results

Over the summer we surveyed Eugene residents, with the help of the Turell Group, to better understand perceptions of our parks and recent maintenance improvements made possible through the 2018 Levy funding. 2,096 people completed the survey including 123 in a Spanish language version.

We found that Eugene loves our parks and they are important to the quality of life of nearly all survey respondents. Residents continue to express the importance of the levy and notice significant improvements in parks since its passing.

This year’s survey again showed that park usage and illegal camping were key factors in respondents feeling safe. Due to the concentration of camping in the temporary sites at Washington-Jefferson Park and along 13th, there was a decrease in camping throughout the rest of the parks system in 2021.

We appreciate the time residents take each year to complete this survey. It helps us understand our effectiveness and continuously improve our service.  One example of this is in the Bethel-Danebo neighborhood.

Last year those surveyed in Bethel-Danebo tended to rate parks lower than the rest of the community. This year, however, they rated the importance of parks, the worth of the levy, and the overall cleanliness and safety of their parks higher. Recently, the City has worked on many fronts to improve the parks and recreation experience for this neighborhood. An increased safety presence and regular work parties at the underused Gilbert Park, new turf fields at Meadow View and Willamette Highschool, improvements at Golden Garden Parks, and the installation of a new fence at Trainsong Park are just a few examples.

As we strive to serve Eugene in the best ways possible, this survey will go a long way in helping us understand the needs and desires of those in our community.

Read the full 2021 survey results.

MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 17 at 9 a.m. - noon
Andrea Ortiz Park, 716 Elizabeth St

Start 2022 on a high note honoring former City Councilwoman Andrea Ortiz and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This MLK Day volunteers will improve the environment and community by planting trees at Andrea Ortiz Park, a future developed park, with the Ortiz family and Friends of Trees.

Tools and materials provided, no experience necessary. Please bring your own facial covering. 

RSVP required, email Kelsey Irvine.

Take a virtual tour of the newly renovated and expanded Campbell Community Center, thanks to funding from the 2018 Parks and Recreation Bond that was passed by Eugene voters.
Explore the ecology and management of Eugene's parks with Recreation and Parks and Open Space staff on our First Saturday Park Walks. Space is limited and registration is required so sign up early.

Upcoming Events

Eugene Parks Hosted Events

Garden and Community: Tuesdays at Hendricks Park  |  Tuesdays

Hendricks Park Native Plant Garden  |  Thursdays

Native Plant Nursery  |  Fridays

Friends of Owen Rose Garden  |  Fridays  

Free the Forest  |  January 15

MLK Day of Service: Andrea Ortiz Park  |  January 17

Alton Baker Park Work Party  |  January 20

Park Adoption Group Events

Friends of Rasor Park  |  January 8, 9 a.m. - noon

Friends of Wendover Park  |  January 8, 9 a.m. - noon

Friends of Tugman  |  Park January 12, 10 a.m. - noon

Obsidians  |  January 29, 9 a.m. - noon

Learn more about adoption groups.
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