We are excited to unveil the System Plan, a 30-year strategic plan with implementation recommendations for the first 10 years. The plan includes new parks and trails, improved access to the Willamette River, revitalized pools and community centers and more recreation opportunities in underserved areas.
More than 12,000 Eugeneans helped shape the plan during a vigorous and inclusive outreach process that garnered two citizen engagement awards for the City.
You can view the full plan here
Eugene has a long history of investing in its parks and recreation system. The city was incorporated in 1962, but it wasn’t until 1906 that it got its first park. The Hendricks family donated land that became Hendricks Park, necessitating the creation of the City’s first Parks division. The last century has seen rapid growth.
But don’t take our word for it. Check out this interactive timeline
detailing the history of Parks and Rec in Eugene. Listen to vignettes about key moments, like how Spencer Butte was saved from development or enjoy the old photos of iconic places throughout the city.
If you’re looking for an even deeper dive into our history, read local author Bruce Steinmetz’s book, “A History of City of Eugene Recreation.”
Call your local community center for a free copy or check one out at the Eugene Public Library.