Downtown Riverfront Park Grand Opening

Check out the new Downtown Riverfront Park opening June 10! Join us for live music, food and celebration through the weekend.

Enjoy new river views, bike and pedestrian paths, covered seating and interpretive artwork.

The weekend celebration will begin at 10 a.m., with speeches by Mayor Lucy Vinis and City Manager Sarah Medary as well as a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Harmonic Laboratory will be presenting special Artistic Encounters programming throughout the weekend. All performances are free to the public and will run from 12 – 1 p.m. on Friday, 12 – 2 p.m. on Saturday and 12 – 1 p.m. on Sunday under the new art pavilion, SubSupra.

Food will be available for purchase from local favorites including: Most Wanted Espresso, Sweetbay Shave Ice and Sling-in Weiner.

Learn more about the Downtown Riverfront Park

Funding for the Downtown Riverfront Park development comes from the 2018 Parks and Recreation Bond, Urban Renewal Agency funds and Public Works capital funds. Ongoing maintenance of the park is being funded by the 2018 Parks and Recreation Levy.

Heritage Rose Tours

Saturdays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Owen Rose Garden, 300 N. Jefferson Street
Walk-ins welcome, no RSVP required

Free weekly tours of the heritage rose collection at the Owen Rose Garden, hosted by the Owen Rose Garden Docents.

Discover the history and unique charm of the heritage roses in one of the most extensive collections in the Pacific Northwest. Look for signs at the park to direct you to a meeting spot to begin the tour.

When in Doubt, Stay Out

As summer approaches and temperatures rise, please remember that algae blooms can form on bodies of water in hot weather.

Some blooms can cause serious illness or death in pets, livestock and wildlife. These toxins can also make people sick and sometimes cause rashes or irritation. Never drink or cook with the affected water; neither boiling nor filtering water will remove these toxins. Fish caught in affected waters pose unknown health risks and so it is best not to eat them.

Not all blooms are harmful but you can't tell if an algae is toxic just by looking at it.

Don't go into water that looks foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red. A good rule of thumb for you and your pet is: when in doubt, stay out!

While many popular water bodies in Oregon have health advisories issued when a blue-green algal bloom is discovered, there is no regulatory requirement to issue health advisories for contaminated water. The best thing you can do is learn what to look for. 

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Weigh in on two West Eugene parks, Mattie Reynolds Park development and Martin Luther King Jr Park renovation. Online surveys close on Sunday, June 12. Look for more info in the coming months about additional workshops and surveys. 
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

Downtown Riverfront Park Grand Opening | June 10 - June 12

Amazon Creek Trash Bash | June 11*

Open Bog | June 11*

Alton Baker Park Work Party  |  June 16

Delta Ponds Pull and Paddle | June 25*

*Please email Kelsey Irvine for additional details.


Park Adoption Group Events

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

Friends of Gilbert Park  |  June 11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Friends of Charnel Mulligan  |  June 11, 9:30 a.m. - noon

Friends of Tugman Park  |  June 15 and June 29, 10 a.m. - noon

Friends of Alton Baker Park  | June 16, 10 a.m. - noon

Jefferson Westside Neighbors at Monroe Park  |  June 26, 10 a.m - noon

Learn more about adoption groups.

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