Parks and Open Space
Check out what’s happening in Parks and Open Space
Parks staff has been working on everything from strengthening safety and security efforts and increasing park maintenance, to planning park renovations and the creation of new parks in underserved areas. Recreation is moving forward with big renovations and expansions of their own.
This summer Eugene breaks ground on its newest wetland mitigation bank, Amazon Prairie, west of the Eugene Airport. This first phase involves earthwork, seeding, and planting on over 140 acres of former ryegrass field. Over the next several years and in two phases, Eugene intends to restore a 320-acre matrix of wetland, upland prairie, and riparian habitat.
Currently closed for construction. This park renovation will features an expanded playground with all new equipment, a sand play area, a picnic plaza with new furniture as well as an expanded lawn and continuous, accessible looped path.
With broad river views, new bicycle and pedestrian paths, seating and overlooks, this three-acre park will be the heart of the riverfront redevelopment. Join us this fall for grand opening celebrations.
As a result of fluctuating construction markets and bid prices we are looking at options to make our projects more flexible and to attract more contractors to submit competitive bids on our projects. This project has been delayed with expected completion in June 2022.
Pre’s Rock Safety Improvements
Since the death of Olympic Runner Steve Prefontaine in 1975 in a car accident on Skyline Drive, the large rock adjacent to the site has served as a living memorial to his greatness. The City-owned memorial site continues to be heavily visited by athletes from around the world who regard Prefontaine as an icon of running history and athletic achievement. With major international track and field events soon to arrive in Eugene’s newly constructed Hayward Field, the City has designed a set of safety improvements for the area to avoid large crowds standing in the driving lanes of Skyline Drive. An expanded sidewalk and clear designation of Pre’s Rock as a memorial site will provide safer places for visitors to stand, sit and place personal items that are a regular feature of the memorial site.
With a master plan finalized, the first phase of development for this 35-acre park will begin in 2022. Development will include a large playground, dog park, restroom, walking trails, lawn, and places for community gatherings.
This eight-acre park will include a large playground, basketball court, pickleball, pétanque, restrooms, picnic shelter, walking paths and space for community gatherings.
With a master plan completed, the largest park in Eugene (515 acres) will soon include a 2-mile extension of the main Ridgeline shared-use trail and a new trailhead accessible from Lane Community College.
Effective August 27, masks are required in most public outdoor settings where physical distancing is not possible. This does not apply to fleeting encounters, such passing one another on a trail or in a park.
This applies to everyone five years and older, regardless of vaccination status.
While the rule doesn’t apply to private residences, masks are still strongly recommended when individuals from different households cannot physically distance from one another. The indoor masking mandate, which was enacted on August 13, also remains in effect.
Temporary Urban Camping in Parks
In order to support community health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Eugene has temporarily adjusted its enforcement process around prohibited camping in order to help people maintain recommended physical distancing while reducing the need to move around the community. These adjustments align with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, Oregon Health Authority, and Lane County Public Health. Learn more about these temporary updates.