2018 Bond and Levy
Thank you, community members, for voicing your strong support for the future of Eugene Parks and Rec.
Parks staff has begun 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.
These are just the first steps in a much larger 30 year System Plan that was created based on feedback you’ve given us over the last three years.
Over the coming months and years, we will be asking for your thoughts once again on specific projects as we start to dig in. Stay tuned, and thanks again for your vote of support!
The $3.15 million operating levy funds have already made their mark. The City has hired two full-time park police officers, two park ambassadors, and five maintenance positions to increase the public safety presence in parks and natural areas and provide general maintenance in parks. Staff has opened restrooms and added more clean-up crews. Approximately 4,000 feet of trail in our natural areas have been resurfaced, with more to come - mostly on the Ridgeline Trail!
The $39.35 million bond is bringing exciting projects to all areas of Eugene.
Berkeley Park, a developed park in west Eugene due for a renovation, and Striker Field Park, an undeveloped park in northeast Eugene, are deep in the public outreach phase of design development. Both currently have online surveys open to the public, and upcoming workshops in April.
This summer, site preparations will begin on the Downtown Riverfront Park. After more than three months of public engagement, the design process is underway and you will start to see more and more activity happening down at the river’s edge.
We are working on engineering of the bridge that will complete the Delta Ponds trail loop. In conjunction with the rehab of the West Bank Path, we will be adding new path lighting. This project is in the design phase.
Rec has started moving forward with its first two projects - expanding and renovating Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center and Campbell Community Center.