In 2018, voters voiced their strong support for the future of Eugene’s Parks and Recreation centers. Two short years later, the pandemic has shown how crucial these are for our physical and mental health and the importance of investing in our public spaces.
Parks and Recreation have been the backdrop for much of daily life in 2020, whether connecting with loved ones in a physically distant way, keeping body and mind healthy by exercising in nature or dropping the kids off for childcare and summer camp.
We have also played a pivotal role in addressing community-wide needs during this time, from sheltering the unhoused and distributing resources during the lockdown and providing space to peacefully protest racial injustices, to supporting wildfire evacuation and recovery relief efforts.
Below you'll read about the progress the City of Eugene has made on its promise to voters. With renovated pools and community centers and new parks coming online, it's an exciting time.
Download the full FY2020 Parks and Recreation Bond and Levy Annual Report.
A girl plays in a nature-scape at Sheldon Community Center this spring.
As parks and recreation emerged as a vital component to our personal and collective health and wellness throughout the pandemic, the funding from the levy became even more instrumental in meeting the increasing demands on the park system.
The levy is specifically targeted to:
- Improve routine maintenance of developed parks, natural areas and trails
- Increase safety and security and reduced illicit activity throughout the park system
A Parks and Open Space worker picks up trash at Brewer Park in northeast Eugene.
Progress toward meeting these goals has been achieved, despite budget reductions in other park maintenance funds, unprecedented camping in parks and a sharp increase in park and trail usage.
A survey conducted during the summer of 2020 shows that 73 percent of respondents feel the levy was completely or mostly worth the expense.