Parks and Open Space

COVID-19 Update

(Updated August 10, 2020)


Eugene Parks and Open Space is reopening park amenities as allowed by Oregon Health Authority in Phase 2. 


Signs encouraging physical distancing will be posted in prominent areas of recreational areas that are open for use.


Masks

Effective July 15, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible. Effective July 24, this requirement includes children age 5 and up.


“Any time that you are outdoors, cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet and you are with people you don’t live with, please, please, please put on your face covering,” Governor Kate Brown said.


This includes trails, busy playgrounds and crowded parking lots. 


People with a disability or medical condition that prevents safe usage of a facial covering are exempt from this requirement.

More information on face coverings.


Parks, paths and trailsgreen checkmarkOpen
Basketball courtsgreen checkmarkOpen

Limit contact among players as much as possible. Disinfect shared equipment regularly.

Community gardensgreen checkmarkOpen
Disc golfgreen checkmarkOpen
Dog off-leash areasgreen checkmarkOpen
Drinking fountainsgreen checkmark
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Park rental permitsyellow exclamation markPartialWe are taking permit applications for groups of 100 or less.
Picnic sites and sheltersgreen checkmarkOpenFirst come, first served for groups of 20 or less. Larger groups require a park rental permit - see above.
Playgrounds and play areasgreen checkmarkOpenPlaygrounds will not be sanitized. Please read recommendations for park users below.
Restroomsgreen checkmarkOpen
Skateparksgreen checkmarkOpen
Tennis/pickleball courtsgreen checkmarkOpenSingles play only, doubles with members of household. Don’t share tennis balls.
Volunteer Program Eventsyellow exclamation markPartialRegular weekly and monthly events have resumed with enhanced safety protocols. RSVPs are required.
Parks and Open Space Officered x
ClosedIn-person lobby services have been suspended. Please call 541-682-4800 for assistance.


Playgrounds

Eugene Parks and Open Space will reopened all of the over 50 playgrounds on Friday, June 12 after receiving revised Phase 2 approval from the Governor.


Playground equipment will not be sanitized by Parks staff. We recommend park visitors follow the guidance below:

  • Wash hands before and after visiting a playground.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes for personal use on any surfaces touched.
  • Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Sand play areas remain closed.


Benches and other structures

Staff is unable to sanitize benches or other structures so it is recommended that the public avoid these high-touch surfaces.


Urban Forestry

The Urban Forestry permitting program has been temporarily paused for work that is not related to construction. This includes pruning, removal and planting permits. Permitting will likely resume in the fall. Urban Forestry will still be addressing hazard trees and emergency requests. If you have questions, please contact 541-682-4800.

 

At this time, non-hazard inspection requests are experiencing delays of more than 48 hours. We appreciate your patience and will respond to requests as soon as possible.


More Information and Resources

Please visit the City of Eugene’s website at eugene-or.gov/coronavirus, and Lane County at lanecounty.org/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information and guidance.