Eugeneans value parks and recreation.
If that wasn’t abundantly clear before, it was reaffirmed in May 2018 when citizens voted overwhelmingly to approve a $39.35 million bond and $3.15 million operating levy to improve the future of Eugene’s Parks and Recreation System. We heard you. Our system of trails, parks, pools and community centers are what make Eugene such an inviting place.
Since the vote, City employees have started taking the first steps in bringing the grand 30-year System Plan vision to life. Eugene Rec has methodically moved forward with its first two projects — expanding and renovating Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center and Campbell Community Center. Meanwhile, Parks and Open Space staff got to work strengthening safety and security efforts, increasing park maintenance, planning renovations and preparing for the creation of new parks in underserved areas.
The collaborative effort has been a long time coming. The City and its partners spent years making sure the vision was equitable to our growing population and changing diversity. No matter what part of Eugene you live in, you will see improvements from the bond and levy.
The full Parks and Rec System Plan is more than just another government document. It’s a road map to updating, improving and polishing what we have for future generations.
Levy already working
Since being passed, the levy funds have already made their mark. The City has already hired staff to increase the public safety presence in parks and natural areas and provide general maintenance in parks. Habitat and natural area maintenance has been increased and money is reserved for future projects in the system plan, including the increased staff needs as new parks open and pools and community centers are expanded.
Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center
Nearing 50 years old, Echo Hollow is set for an expansion and renovation that includes the addition of an outdoor recreation pool and added swim lanes.
This 2.38-acre park, purchased in 1949, is ready for a renovation. Public outreach is underway to inform the new park design.
Campbell Community Center
The aging facility is in for a major renovation with plans to nearly double to square footage and add much more room for fitness activities.
A 4-acre park on the banks of the Willamette River adjacent to downtown? Yes, please! Construction will begin in the late spring on the old EWEB property.
Striker Field Park
Outreach began in February and will continue into the summer for the development of this parcel of land.
Sheldon Pool & Fitness Center
Updating the City’s only indoor competitive swimming pool is important. Along with renovating the tank, look for the fitness pool and other amenities to be updated.