“I am a senior living in the Churchill area, and I ride a trike nearly every day on the Fern Ridge path. Sometimes I ride out through the wetlands to Greenhill. About once a week I follow Amazon Creek toward downtown, and often explore the extensive greenway and riverbank path system along the Willamette. In recent years, most notably during the last recession and tight budgets, I witnessed how quickly deferred maintenance and under staffing contribute to a decline in the appearance, usability and safety of the system, despite the good intentions and hard work of employees and volunteers. Illicit activities, illegal camping, overgrown thickets of blackberries, litter, garbage, graffiti, and public safety issues resulted.
With fall’s arrival, I can look back and say that conditions along the bicycle and pedestrian paths improved significantly during the past two summers. I attribute these changes to the concerted effort of many people as well as the financial investment of Eugene’s taxpayers who resoundingly supported the 2018 Bond and Levy measure. But I want to give a special shout out to the Parks Watch program, the Park Ambassador program, to you and your team members and the less visible staff members who empty the trash cans, paint over graffiti, clean the restrooms and answer the phones when we call to report something that needs attention.
Thank you, Joe, and employees of Parks and Open Spaces. Keep up the good work.”
— Mike Anderson
Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center
“I’ve been lap swimming for over 50 years, I’ve life guarded and managed pools. I understand they have a hard job to do. This is going to enhance the quality of our experience. I’m just really excited the whole facility is getting upgraded and there’s going to be something for everybody. … I’m looking forward to the ease of use of the facility. I think it will be a positive experience for everyone overall to come and see all the upgrades.”
— Lori Eichelberger
Campbell Community Center
"We're all searching for the same thing. New experiences in our senior years. ... (At Campbell) I never thought I would have this many experiences as a senior. There are just not enough hours in the day to do all the things.”
— MJ Fuselier
“The new play areas at Tugman Park are great for my kids. We love the baby/mommy swing and all the age appropriate structures. It’s a very well-done playground.”