2021 Volunteer Program Impact Report

Volunteers have always been a huge part of what makes our parks shine. After a year of shutdowns and budget cuts, we are proud to say that the Volunteer Program has made a huge come back, better and stronger than ever before.

Read the 2021 report to learn more about the incredible individuals and generous groups who help take care of our parks.
Read the Report

Berkeley Park Reopens Following Renovation

Click the image above to watch a 1-minute video of the reopening celebration.
It was all sunshine and smiles at the reopening party for Berkeley Park.

The newly renovated park now features an expanded playground with all new equipment, sand play area, picnic plaza, nature play area, expanded lawn and looped path.

Thanks to the community members who came out to celebrate, and the voters who made this 2018 Parks and Recreation Bond and Levy project possible. Learn more at

Thank You, Americorps NCCC

We bid farewell to our visiting group of AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers. In just a 4-week stay, they:
  • Planted almost 230 trees on waterways A-3 Channel, Dragonfly Bend, Amazon and Chambers and at the Science Center.
  • Cleared endless yards of blackberry on the Ridgeline Trail between Fox Hollow and Dillard trailheads and at Hendricks Park.
  • Weed wrenched hundreds of ash seedlings from Amazon Park wetland.
  • Pulled ivy from Antis Oaks and Hendricks Park.
  • Helped renovate Alton Baker Park shelters.
  • Worked on maintenance needs at Washburne Park.
  • Assisted with set-up at the new safe sleep site, 410 Garfield.

Thank you to the Obsidians for providing housing at their lodge and Eugene YMCA for temporary memberships during their time here.

We look forward to the opportunity to host another NCCC group next year! 

Branching Out at Grasshopper Meadows

Improving Eugene’s tree equity has become a major focus for Parks staff. We have identified parts of town with low tree canopy cover in historically underserved areas and targeted parks in those neighborhoods for increased tree plantings.

Through this work, we were able to give Grasshopper Meadows a big boost with 36 newly planted trees! Trees planted include: linden, white oak alba, bur oak, white alder, ponderosa, shumardii, ginkgo and sycamore.

Delta Ponds is Pretty in Pink

Delta Ponds is looking pretty in pink these days, but why?

The pink plant is a native, aquatic fern commonly known as azolla or “mosquito fern." Native to Oregon and found worldwide, it thrives in shallow water and ranges in color from green to pinkish red.

Does this mean there will be more mosquitos at Delta Ponds? Nope, actually the opposite. By covering the surface of the water, azolla can reduce mosquito populations by more than 95%.

Azolla is generally seen as a benefit in our natural areas. It is eaten by wildlife, especially ducks and geese, and provides habitat for aquatic insects. While azolla can get thick on some waterways at times, we do not control it. Typically large “blooms” of azolla will dissipate on their own.

Azolla is unique in that it has a symbiotic relationship with a cyanobacteria, which allows it to fix nitrogen from the air, making the nitrogen available to azolla. With its fast growth rate and its potential to sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, many are now touting it as a tool to help reverse the effects of climate change.

Learn more about this fascinating plant at

Monroe Park Lighting Complete
Lighting in this high-use, urban neighborhood park has been replaced following failure in early 2021. This project was funding by the 2018 Parks and Recreation Bond and Levy.
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  

Forest Keepers  |  Saturdays

Free the Forest  |  March 5

Park Walk: Skinner Butte Secrets  |  March 5

Alton Baker Park Work Party  |  March 17

Park Adoption Group Events

Friends of Awbrey Park  |  March 5, 9 a.m. -  noon

Friends of Tugman Park  |  March 9, 10 a.m. - noon

Friends of Rasor Park  |  March 12, 9 a.m. - noon

Friends of Gilbert Park  |  March 12, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Friends of Wendover Park  |  March 12, 9 a.m. - noon

Obsidians | March 26, 9 a.m. - noon

Jefferson Westside Neighbors at Monroe Park | March 27, 9 - noon

Learn more about adoption groups.
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