Trails in several Eugene parks are closed indefinitely due to extreme hazards caused by last week’s ice storm. Trails on Skinner Butte, Spencer Butte, in Hendricks Park and through the Ridgeline Trail System are closed. All City parks remain open, including the park walks in Skinner Butte Park, however people are advised to use caution.
Staff recently assessed trees along the trails on Skinner Butte and on the Ridgeline Trail System and discovered a large amount of tree and limb damage that could fall at any time. Signs are now posted at trailheads explaining the closure.
Parks and Open Space crews will work over the coming weeks to identify and address potential hazards in all City parks. This will be a lengthy process. While the parks are open, caution should be observed. Parks that have considerable tree cover, such as Skinner Butte, Hendricks Park and areas along the riverfront should be avoided until all hazards can be addressed.
Public Works would also like to remind people that cutting of trees or downed limbs in parks is not allowed. Damaged trees need to be handled and managed by professionals.