Parks and Open Space Update: Amazon Park, Fuels Reduction & the Ridgeline Trail

Stewardship of the over 4,300 acres of park land in Eugene is a multi-faceted effort that includes daily operations, short- and long-range planning and construction, renovation, and restoration projects of a variety of scales and budgets. Here are some projects underway in South Eugene.

Amazon Park Playground Renovation

Amazon Park playground is primed and ready for a big facelift! Renovations set for this summer include playground reconstruction fresh with drainage, new equipment, and new surfacing; new and wider concrete sidewalks; new park tables, benches and receptacles; removal of existing wading pool and west play area; and renovation of the area south of the playground to include lawn, trees and benches. Don’t worry though, our friend the dinosaur is here to stay along with the fire engine.

Project Schedule: The playground area will be closed between approximately August 15 and November 15, 2016 and will reopen upon completion.
Project Budget: $775,000
Project Contact: Emily Proudfoot, Landscape Architect, POS Planning

Wild Iris Ridge Trail Construction

Hip hip hooray for a new trail to hike in the Ridgeline! This trail segment will be constructed within the Wild Iris Ridge property, creating a 1.2 mile long loop path from the parking area trailhead at Bailey Hill and Bertelsen Road. While it won’t connect to larger sections of the existing Ridgeline Trail, it will provide a beautiful hiking spot in one of Eugene’s most scenic natural areas.

Project Schedule: The trail will be constructed starting in June and will open in October of 2016.
Project Budget: $239,000
Project Contact: Pam Symond, Landscape Designer, POS Planning

Ridgeline Parks Oak Enhancement/Fuels Reduction

2016 Locations: Suzanne Arlie Park, Wild Iris Ridge, Murray Hill, and South Eugene Meadows
This project will build on an investment of work initiated under multiple grants from the Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program. Tasks will include primarily follow-up treatment of invasive species and seeding of native species.

The work is intended to satisfy three goals in our natural areas:
1) Begin to restore oak habitat and associated wildlife species considered rare in the Willamette Valley,
2) Improve the health of mixed and conifer forests through selective thinning and invasive plant treatment, and
3) Lessen wildfire risk by reducing fuel loads and opening up dense unhealthy forests.

Project Schedule: Summer and fall of 2016
Project Budget: $70,000 matched to more than $800,000 in grant funding since 2011
Project Contact: Emily Steel, Restoration Ecologist, POS Planning

Example of “before” condition
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Example of “after” condition
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