EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene City Parks is blazing a new kid-friendly trail to get families to the top of Skinner Butte.
The 800-foot trail will soon link the RiverPlay Discovery Village playground at Skinner Butte Park to the butte’s summit.
Construction crews are now grading a path, using gravel and step stones. The easy-to-use path will then connect to an existing trail that leads to the summit. The plan also includes a crosswalk to guide families from the RiverPlay playground to the improved trailhead.
“The goal is to get children, families and the public who are using our wonderful, developed part of the park, and especially focused on the playground, to experience nature close to home by accessing our wonderful trail system, Skinner Butte,” said Jesse Cary-Hobbs, a Lead Worker with Eugene Parks and Open Space.
The total project will cost the City of Eugene $30,000 and should be complete by mid-July.