City Hosts Parks Essay Contest for Kids

EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene wants to hear from kids in Lane County about what they like about local parks. The Parks and Open Space Department is holding an essay contest for 5 to 13-year-olds. Mayor Kitty Piercy will read winning essays at a council meeting, and winners will get a 30-day pass … Continue reading »

Volunteers Plant Wildflowers

EUGENE, Ore. – Saturday was the perfect morning to get outside and plant and that’s exactly how some local volunteers started out their day. A group of about 20 people met in the West Eugene hills to plant native wildflowers. Eugene Park Stewards are working to restore the prairie, savanna and oak woodland habitat on … Continue reading »

Council Considers Park Re-Designation

EUGENE, Ore. – Eugene City Council moved to consider the re-designation of a park just off Grand Cayman Drive. The property is currently listed as a community park with lighted sports fields, but representatives from the Northeast Neighbors Association want to change that. They want the council to look into making it just a neighborhood … Continue reading »

Group Works to Beautify Local Parks

EUGENE, Ore. — Around 400 people spent Saturday afternoon beautifying Eugene parks. This is the fifth year the City of Eugene collaborated with the Church of Latter Day Saints for this day of service. The city provided the tools and the local churches provided the manpower. The group worked on several parks throughout West Eugene … Continue reading »

Eugene Park Paving Projects Begin

EUGENE, Ore. — Two of Eugene’s most popular parks are going to be a little more accessible at the end of the month. With as much traffic as Skinner Butte Park gets, it’s no wonder these roads are ready for a face lift. “The challenge with these roads are just their age. They’ve been here … Continue reading »

Eugene Park Road Repairs Begin

EUGENE, Ore. — Road repairs to two of Eugene’s parks begin this week. Crews will repair roads in Hendricks Park and Skinner Butte Park during the month of June. In Hendricks Park, crews will concentrate on Fairmount Boulevard from Floral Hill Drive to the west park entrance. In Skinner Butte Park, they will work on … Continue reading »

Volunteers Transform Eugene Park

SANTA CLARA, Ore. — Shrinking budgets have cities like Eugene looking for innovative ways to maintain parks. Awbrey Park off River Road is a case example of a successful steward program with Eugene Parks and Open Space. Four years ago, invasive plants covered this natural area. A team of volunteers transformed it and brought it … Continue reading »

Nobel Peace Park Ready to Open

EUGENE, Ore. — The first ever Nobel Peace Park in the U.S. is on track to officially open in Eugene this weekend. Five years ago, Eugene City Council approved a two-acre parcel of land for the first of its kind park in the U.S. Surrounded by nature and the soothing sound of water, it’s the … Continue reading »

City Discusses Pesticides Use in Parks

EUGENE, Ore. — The city council is discussing ways to keep harmful pesticide usage in parks to a minimum. The council reviewed its integrated pest management program. The city currently has eight parks that are pesticide free, but sprays some parks to help get rid of invasive species. “It’s had no unsustainable impact on us, … Continue reading »