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IN THIS ISSUE  |  FEBRUARY 2022

Green Infrastructure Maintenance Annual Report

Our Green Infrastructure Maintenance team brings together the park services that beautify our streets, clean our water and air, and keep neighborhoods cool.

Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, we still had a tremendous year planting more than 1,100 trees, renovating rain gardens and increasing our community outreach. Urban Forestry was nationally recognized in an aerial rescue competition and took the opportunity to join the wildfire recovery efforts by helping to assess hazard trees after the Holiday Farm Fire. 

Take a glimpse into the stats and stories that shaped Fiscal Year 2021 for our Green Infrastructure Maintenance team.
Read the Report

Welcome Americorps NCCC

We are happy to welcome a new team from AmeriCorps NCCC to Eugene!

This group of nine from across the country will be working in the park system for four weeks, departing February 20. 

In the short time since arriving, they've already finished renovating the Alton Baker Park shelters with ADA accessible concrete pads. Other projects on their list include tree planting, invasive species removal and bioswale maintenance.

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

Andrea Ortiz Park Dedication

On MLK Day, volunteers gathered to dedicate Andrea Ortiz Park in honor of the late Eugene City Councilor. Ortiz was the first Latina to serve on City Council and was a passionate advocate for Eugene's working class and marginalized communities.

The entrance of the park now welcomes visitors with fresh mulch, stepping stones and a pillar where a memorial plaque will be installed.

Volunteers planted 60 trees along the exterior of the park, leaving the interior open for future park amenities to be developed.

Winter Prep at Owen Rose Garden

While roses generally bloom from May through September, winter is actually one of our busiest times at the Owen Rose Garden.

Over 3,000 roses need to be pruned to help promote large blooms. It is also the best time to get a head start on weeding and wood chip mulching.

Staff and volunteers are already hard at work to get the garden in tip top shape for the season ahead, and it is never too late to join in. We host a drop-in volunteer event every Friday - rain or shine - from 9 a.m. to noon. Tools are provided.

On Friday, February 11 from 9 a.m. to noon we will also be hosting a pruning workshop in partnership with OSU Master Gardeners, for anyone who wants to brush up their pruning skills. For more information, contact Danielle Klinkebiel.

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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  |  February 5

Black Oak Basin Public Meeting | February 8

Alton Baker Park Work Party  |  February 17
Park Adoption Group Events

Friends of Gilbert Park  |  February 5, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Obsidians | February 26, 9 a.m. - noon

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