Rivers to Ridges Fall Ecological Burn Program

Partners in the Rivers to Ridges fall ecological burn program are planning to burn up to 210 acres at natural areas within city limits and approximately 1,200 acres in other locations within Lane County. Coordinated planning for this year’s burn units has been underway since early 2022.

Controlled burning could begin after Labor Day and continue through the end of October, but it is unlikely all areas will be burned in any given year. Residents may observe smoke when controlled burning is underway at Meadowlark Prairie and other locations in west Eugene.

Careful consideration is given to weather conditions when the wind is forecasted to blow smoke up and away from nearby residential areas and roadways. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency reviews our plans and provides guidance on appropriate burn windows for ecological burning and must approve the plan.

The City of Eugene along with partners in the Rivers to Ridges Partnership have been granted an exception to the ban on outdoor burning within city limits and prescribed fire operations are coordinated with regional fire districts in Lane County.

Partners participate in these controlled burns each year on lands throughout the southern Willamette Valley to protect and restore valuable biological diversity in prairie and savanna ecosystems. Additionally, since many of our natural areas and private residences are located in the wildland-urban interface, it is especially important to reduce fuel levels by removing standing dead vegetation to decrease the chance of uncontrolled wildfire.

Experienced and highly trained fire crews manage these controlled burns using detailed burn plans, which include extensive prescriptions for conducting the burns to provide maximum protection for the community. Partners bring over 30 years of experience to this effort.

For more information and a map please visit

New Mural at Owen Rose Garden

Working with Cultural Services, Parks staff helped plan a mural for the exterior of the Owen Rose Garden restroom.

Artist Esteban Camacho Steffensen was selected for the project and painted a beautiful mural reflecting the garden with runners and cyclists in the background.

Many may already know Steffensen’s work as he painted two large murals at the north end of the WJ Skate Park near the kidney bowl in 2015.

The new mural was completed just as the World Athletic Championships began and will be in place for many years to come for visitors and gardeners to enjoy.

Tell Your Millrace Story

An interpretive art piece based on Millrace history is being created for the future Downtown Riverfront Plaza. It will tell stories about time spent in, on, or along the Millrace and other waterways in Eugene.

Do you have memories or experiences from the Millrace or other waterways in Eugene that you’d like to share? Your words will be a valuable addition to our collective histories within the new piece.

Tell Your Story

Amazon Headwaters Trail Reopened

The weekday closure of the Amazon Headwaters trail is over and the trail has reopened much earlier than expected.

There is still work to be done and you may experience delays when passing through active work areas, but we don't anticipate any additional closures.

What's left to do? Crews will be working over the next month to add gravel to the newly widened trail sections, bringing the finished trail surface up to the top of the timber retaining walls.

In the meantime, enjoy the trail but proceed with caution when passing by staff at work or over loose gravel.

Martin Luther King Jr Park - Public Workshop #2

The design team is ready to reveal the first drafts of the renovation plans for Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Join us on Tuesday, September 20 for a chance to see the designs, ask questions and provide the team valuable feedback.

All ages are welcome with light refreshments provided. An online meeting option is available for those who prefer to view the meeting at home.

The renovation of Martin Luther King Jr Park is expected to be completed in 2024. Funding for this project comes from the 2018 Parks and Recreation Bond.

Learn more at

Public Workshop #2
Tuesday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cesar Chavez Elementary School Library
1510 W 14th Ave, Eugene 
Family friendly, all ages welcome
Refreshments provided
Join Virtual Meeting - Zoom Link
2022 City of Eugene Community Survey - Your input will help guide City leadership in prioritizing programs and policies as we move into the future. Survey will be open through Monday, Sept 5. Take the survey here!
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  

Park Walk: Santa Clara Community Park | September 3

Alton Baker Park Work Party  |  September 8

Days of Caring at Hays Tree Garden  |  September 22

Days of Caring at Mathews Community Garden  |  September 23

Days of Caring at Owen Rose Garden  |  September 23

Days of Caring at Native Plant Nursery  |  September 23

Park Adoption Group Events

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

Friends of Tugman Park  |  September 7 and 21, 10 a.m. - noon

Friends of Friendly Park  |  September 10, 9 - 11 a.m.

Friends of Rasor Park  |  September 10, 9 a.m. - noon

Friends of Wendover Park  |  September 10, 9 a.m. - noon

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

Friendly Area Neighbors at Westmoreland  |  September 17, 9 a.m. - noon

South Eugene Neighbors Annual Picnic, Tugman Park  |  September 17, 3 - 7 p.m.

Learn more about adoption groups.

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