Annual Parks Survey

Survey closes on August 30!

We’re committed to keeping our parks clean, green and safe for all to enjoy.

How are we doing? Let us know by taking a 7-10 minute survey and enter to win Eugene Parks swag.

This survey will help us understand your experience and what is important to you. Your responses are completely anonymous and help us serve your neighborhood better.

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Downtown Riverfront Plaza Design Meeting

Join us for another pizza and planning party on Thursday, August 11 🍕🍕🍕

With feedback from the first meeting, the design team has refined the concepts for the Downtown Riverfront Park Plaza. They are ready to present two different designs and look forward to hearing your thoughts. 

We will be hosting an online open house on Tuesday, August 16 at 5:30. Register for the online meeting here

Plaza design will be completed in 2023, with one year of construction anticipated to begin in Spring of 2024. When the riverfront property is fully developed, the one-acre park plaza will be nestled between multi-family housing buildings and a restaurant.

Pizza and Planning Party
Thursday, August 11 at 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Campbell Community Center, 155 High St
Family friendly, all ages welcome
Pizza and beverages provided

Eugene's First Mountain Bike Trail Now Open

Eugene's first dedicated mountain bike trail is no longer a "pipe dream."

Pipe Dream is the work of trail building volunteers from local groups lead by the Eugene Mountain Bike Stewards and Disciples of Dirt, as well as Eugene Parks staff and the City's levy-funded seasonal trail crew.

This is a .6 mile intermediate trail rated "blue," or moderate, in Amazon Headwaters Park, not recommended for beginners.

Pipe Dream takes off from the multi-use section of the Ridgeline Trail between the Fox Hollow and Dillard West trailheads, winding its way through the forest down to the end of Center Way.

Unlike most trails in the Ridgeline, Pipe Dream is surfaced primarily with native soil to provide a better mountain biking experience. The trail is designated as a downhill only mountain bike trail and is closed to pedestrians and uphill traffic to ensure the safety of all.

Amazon Headwaters weekday trail closure

August 1 — Mid-October

This trail widening project will take place on the lower half of the Amazon Headwaters trail between the Martin St. and Fox Hollow trailheads (trail closure in red on map, click to see larger map).

A contractor will be installing timber retaining walls to widen sections of trail below the large footbridge. These retaining structures will stabilize the trail’s downhill edge and create a 4-foot wide trail that hikers, runners and bikers can safely share. The trail will be surfaced with fresh gravel after the construction of the retaining wall.

The trail will be open on weekends as long as it remains safe to do so.

Please respect the crew working and honor the trail closure. The cross slopes along the trail are steep and there will not be an opportunity to pass through.

NEW: Owen Rose Garden Heritage Rose Wednesdays

While most visitors to the Owen Rose Garden walk the paved loop that circles the modern roses, the collection of heritage roses clustered around the gazebo is truly what makes the Owen Rose Garden so special.

Heritage roses often have a better fragrance than many modern roses, are more resistant to disease and don’t require as much tending. Established in 2007 (pictured to the right), our collection is the largest collection of heritage roses on the West coast.

We recently started a new weekly volunteer event to help take care of this collection on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. To learn more about the heritage roses, we offer tours every Saturday at 10 a.m.

Other events at the rose garden include our weekly event on Fridays from 9 a.m. - noon and our annual dead-heading event, Off With Their Heads, Thursday, August 25 from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Alton Baker Canoe Canal Maintenance Project

August 1 - 14

Eugene Parks, in collaboration with Willamalane Park and Recreation District, will be working on repairs to the canoe canal water control structure. Water levels will fluctuate during this time.

Recreational uses of the canoe canal such as paddleboarding, boating and fishing may be impacted during this project.

Water levels are scheduled to be reduced by 1-1.5 feet between August 8 - 13, but park users may start to see some impacts to water levels during the first few weeks of August. Impacts to wildlife will be minimal and will be carefully monitored.

This project will help improve control over the canal water levels, improving safety for maintenance staff and the public.

Join us for our biggest deadheading event of the year, Off with Their Heads, on August 27. This will be our last chance to prune the roses in order to promote a final blossom. Light refreshments provided!
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

Owen Rose Garden Heritage Roses  |  Wednesdays

Hendricks Park Native Plant Garden  |  Thursdays

Native Plant Nursery  |  Fridays

Friends of Owen Rose Garden  |  Fridays  

Amazon Creek Cleanup at Oakpatch | August 13

Alton Baker Park Work Party  |  August 18

Pull and Paddle at Delta Ponds | August 20

Off with Their Heads | August 25

Park Adoption Group Events

Docent-led Tours at Owen Rose Garden  |  Saturdays, 9 - 10 a.m.

Friends of Rasor Park  |  August 13, 9 a.m. - noon

Friends of Wendover Park  |  August 13, 9 a.m. - noon

Friends of Gilbert Park  |  August 13, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Friends of Tugman Park  |  August 10 and August 24, 10 a.m. - noon

Obsidians  |  August 31, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Learn more about adoption groups.

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