Current Projects

Stewardship of the more than 4,600 acres of park land in Eugene is a multi-faceted effort that includes daily operations, short- and long-range planning and construction, renovation, and restoration projects of a variety of scales and budgets. The projects broadly fall in to three categories: park construction projects, natural area restoration projects, and planning projects. Funding for the projects comes from a variety of sources, including park maintenance and development construction funds, outside grants, and donations.

Construction Projects

Charnel Mulligan Park Renovation

Charnel Mulligan Park is being completely renovated! Park improvements include a new enlarged playground, better lighting, plaza and path repaving, removal of the berms around the edges of the park for better visibility and more grassy play area, landscape and irrigation renovation, and 37 new trees. 

Project Schedule: The park closed mid-July, and is scheduled to reopen in 2017 after tree planting, alley improvements and turf establishment. 
Project Budget: $823,000
Project Contact: Philip Richardson, Landscape Architect, POS Planning

Amazon Park Playground Renovation

Amazon Park playground is primed and ready for a big facelift! Renovations will improve accessibility for all visitors. Improvements include:
  • New playground equipment
  • Smooth, wheelchair-friendly surfacing
  • New drainage
  • New and wider concrete sidewalks
  • New park tables, benches and receptacles
  • Removal of old wading pool and west play area (to be replaced with lawn)
  • Renovation of the area south of the playground to include lawn, trees and benches
Don’t worry, though, our friend the dinosaur is here to stay, along with the fire engine!

Project Schedule: The playground area will be closed Sept. 21 through mid-December, 2016, and will reopen upon completion.
Project Budget: $1,200,000
Project Contact: Emily Proudfoot, Landscape Architect, POS Planning

Wild Iris Ridge Trail Construction

Hip hip hooray for a new trail to hike in the Ridgeline! This trail segment will be constructed within the Wild Iris Ridge property, creating a 1.2 mile long loop path from the parking area trailhead at Bailey Hill and Bertelsen Road. While it won’t connect to larger sections of the existing Ridgeline Trail, it will provide a beautiful hiking spot in one of Eugene’s most scenic natural areas.

Project Schedule: Trail construction is currently in progress.
Project Budget: $239,000
Project Contact: Pam Symond, Landscape Designer, POS Planning

Skinner Butte Lighting Phase 2

During the first phase of this project, new path lights were turned on last spring in Skinner Butte Park around Lamb Cottage. Now we’ll get started on a second section to the east! New lighting for this phase will be installed along the Ruth Bascom Path in Skinner Butte Park near the Campbell Senior Center, and west to the end of the parking area. The new lights are LED and provide a significant safety improvement for night-time path users in Skinner Butte Park. Expect intermittent path detours or closures as the work proceeds.

Project Schedule: Construction will occur between Aug. and Oct. 2016
Project Budget: $251,000
Project Contact: Emily Proudfoot, Landscape Architect, POS Planning

RiverPlay Playground Renovations 

After 10 years of heavy play, Eugene’s most popular playground was overdue for some needed renovations. This project replaced a second section of poured-in-place new PebbleFlex surfacing, as well as the Kalapuya climbing structure. And, all of the sand was completely removed and replaced with fresh, clean sand! The project is complete and the playground is open. 
Project Schedule: July and Aug. 2016 
Project Budget: $68,500
Project Contact: Emily Proudfoot, Landscape Architect, POS Planning 

Bethel Community Park 

Playground Renovations

This project included the installation of a new sand and water play feature, sand play table, tot spinners, and a new tot sand play cottage. We also placed new swings in the wood chip play area, and install the two remaining Wind Reed Tree art pieces.

Project schedule:  Aug. 29 through the end of Sept. 2016
Project Budget:  $63,500
Project Contact: Pam Symond, Landscape Designer, POS Planning

Maurie Jacobs Sand Play Area

This project added a new sand-only play area to the existing playground in Maurie Jacobs Park at the end of North Grand Street. The play area includes barrier walls, an access walk from the existing play area, a sand table and digger, and planting of a new tree for future shade. The project is complete and the new feature is now open. 

Project Schedule: Aug. through Oct. 2016
Project Budget: $32,000
Project Contact: Pam Symond, Landscape Designer, POS Planning

Hays Tree Garden Path Paving Phase 2

This project was a follow-up to last year’s work in the garden to pave existing gravel paths with concrete. A second section within the garden has been paved, completing this maintenance reduction effort within the garden proper. The project included filling of the remaining donor tile hold-out areas with blank or engraved tiles. The garden is now completely reopened to the public. 

Project Schedule: May and June 2016
Project Budget: $58,000
Project Contact: Pam Symond, Landscape Designer, POS Planning

Natural Area Restoration Projects

Ridgeline Parks Oak Enhancement/Fuels Reduction

2016 Locations: Suzanne Arlie Park, Wild Iris Ridge, Murray Hill, and South Eugene Meadows
This project will build on an investment of work initiated under multiple grants from the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program. Tasks will primarily include follow-up treatment of invasive species and seeding of native species.

The work is intended to satisfy three goals in our natural areas:
  1. Begin to restore oak habitat and associated wildlife species considered rare in the Willamette Valley 
  2. Improve the health of mixed and conifer forests through selective thinning and invasive plant treatment
  3. Lessen wildfire risk by reducing fuel loads and opening up dense unhealthy forests
Project Schedule: Summer and fall 2016
Project Budget: $70,000 matched to more than $800,000 in grant funding since 2011
Project Contact: Emily Steel, Restoration Ecologist, POS Planning

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Skinner Butte and Whilamut Natural Area
Invasive Species Management

This project will be to abate negative impacts of primarily English ivy and blackberry in riparian (streamside) and upland areas of these popular parks. The goals are to:
  1. Maintain high quality wildflowers where present in the riparian forest 
  2. Protect trees overgrown with ivy, especially those growing streamside 
  3. Manage the spread of invasive blackberry
Project Schedule: Various times throughout 2016
Project Budget: $50,000
Project Contact: Lauri Holts, Ecologist, POS Planning

Delta Ponds Ludwigia Aquatic Weed Control

Ludwigia is a dangerous, invasive plant threatening the Delta Ponds ecosystem. Read more about this issue and the corrective measures that the City is taking.

Planning Projects

Parks and Recreation System Plan

PARKS and RECreate is a process to plan for the future and identify priorities for the next 10 to 20 years of parks and recreation in Eugene by:

• Addressing current problems
• Preparing for future population growth and trends
• Creating a vision to benefit current and future generations

Visit the project page to read about all the latest project and system visioning updates!

Eugene Trails Plan

This comprehensive plan provides recommendations and policy for use, development, maintenance, and management of soft-surface paths in the Eugene parks system. The plan is complete and adoption is expected in summer 2016.

Suzanne Arlie Park Master Plan

The public process to develop a master plan governing future development of the entire 516-acre park began in early May 2016.

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