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Ridgeline Tie Trail Temporary Closure
The Tie Trail segment of the Ridgeline Trail System is temporarily closed for construction through August. The trail segment will be closed to the public on weekdays from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. for contractors to reconstruct some trail features and resurface approximately 3,300 feet of trail. The trail will be open after 4 p.m. and on weekends.
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.
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. Scheduled to be completed in 2021.
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 in August 2021 for grand opening celebrations.
Careful root probing on the site last year uncovered numerous large roots from mature maples prompting the planning team to rework the design to preserve the trees. After this delay, construction is scheduled for this summer with completion planned in fall 2021.
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. Scheduled to be complete in fall 2021.
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.
Masks are no longer required outdoors.
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.
|Parks, paths and trails||Open|
Limit contact among players as much as possible. Disinfect shared equipment regularly.
|Dog off-leash areas||Open|
|Park rental permits||Partial||Limitations based on Lane County risk level apply.|
|Picnic sites and shelters||Partial||Limitations based on Lane County risk level apply.|
|Playgrounds and play areas||Open||Playgrounds will not be sanitized. Please read recommendations for park users below.|
|Tennis/pickleball courts||Open||Singles play only, doubles with members of household. Don’t share tennis balls.|
|Volunteer Program Events||Partial||Regular weekly and monthly events have resumed with enhanced safety protocols. RSVPs are required.|
|Parks and Open Space Office||Closed||In-person lobby services have been suspended. Please call 541-682-4800 for assistance between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. M-F|