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 back to life.

“You know as soon as we removed this English ivy, all of a sudden these amazing native plants just started showing themselves, and it’s pretty rewarding,” said Brandi Ferguson, McKenzie River Trust.

You can tour the native plants this Saturday at Awbrey Park.

Volunteers are hosting a family friendly event from noon until 3 p.m.

Anyone interested in becoming a land steward can also get information.

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