Homeless Park Host Program Begins

LEABURG, Ore. — A new pilot program in Lane County is now giving homeless people a place to live, while keeping local parks safe. The first site is at the old McKenzie Fish Hatchery along Highway 126. The man staying there in a trailer and acting as a host says he’s found his own little … Continue reading »

Homeless to be Park Hosts

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Lane County Parks managers are looking at using homeless people as park hosts. Lane County has 73 parks and a staff of 10, so it can’t patrol all of them. It wants to partner with St. Vincent de Paul and the Homeless Coalition to set up hosts at places like Whitely … Continue reading »

Lane County Pushes for Smoke-Free Parks

EUGENE, Ore. — Cigarettes could be stomped out for good at all Lane County parks and public buildings. County leaders think it’s time to kick the habit on all county-managed properties. Lane County Health and Human Services says smoking in Lane County is an epidemic that it’s determined to curb. Among the reasons for a … Continue reading »