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Owen Rose Garden

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  1. Electrical outlets
  2. Looped path
  3. Off street bike / pedestrian path
  4. Parking lot
  5. Performance space
  6. Picnic tables
  7. Restrooms
  8. Shelter
  9. Viewpoint
  10. Water spigot

Owen Rose Garden Closed for Paving Improvements

The Owen Rose Garden will be temporarily closed for major paving improvements beginning Monday, May 11 through the end of the month. The park is scheduled to reopen in time for peak blooms in June.

The paving upgrades to the park will allow visitors with mobility challenges better access to the garden.

Improvements include:
  • New concrete pavement to match the current path on the main loop around the garden and connecting the parking lot to the restroom and the South Bank Ruth Bascom Path on the NW side of the garden.
  • A narrowed path under the State Heritage cherry tree. Root probing conducted by our Urban Forestry team determined that the cherry tree roots would not be disturbed.
  • New concrete pavement connecting to the South Bank Path on the east side of the garden.


Nestled next to the Willamette River near the Washington Jefferson Street bridge is the eight and a half-acre park known as Owen Rose Garden. In 1951, George E. Owen, a former Eugene city councilor and lumberman, donated five acres with his house to the city. It was the first parcel in a series that now forms the section of riverfront park stretching from the Ferry Street Bridge to the Greenway bike bridge near Valley River Center.

Shortly after Owen's donation of property, the Eugene Rose Society donated the original 750 rose bushes. This original collection has expanded into a panorama of more than 4,500 roses of over 400 varieties. Stewardship by many volunteers has continued, including the Delta Rotary, who from 1999 to 2004 spearheaded a major renovation of the garden.

The rose garden features the nationally recognized Oregon Heritage Cherry Tree, a large open turf area, a public restroom, accessible gravel walkways with benches, a pergola-lined paved walkway, a 28-foot diameter gazebo, an arbor picnic area, a parking lot and maintenance facility, and an impressive collection of heritage and heirloom roses.


Have you ever wondered about how to manage roses? If you are interested in volunteering at the Owen Rose Garden, join us on the second and fourth Friday of the month for work parties to help manage, beautify, and care for this diverse garden. Get hands-on experience in perennial plant care with guidance on pruning techniques, propagation methods, fertilizer needs, and general rose care. E-mail Danielle Klinkebiel or contact her at 541-510-9318 for more information.

For other volunteer opportunities, get involved with our Volunteer Program. Learn new skills, meet great people, and improve the quality of life in Eugene by helping to care for our parks and open spaces.



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Owen Rose Garden Map