Parks and Open Space

two hikers on a trail wearing face coverings

COVID-19 Update

(Updated May 3, 2021)


Masks Outdoors

Masks are not required if an individual:

  • Is outdoors and engaged in activity alone or only with members of their own household, in an uncrowded private or public space.
  • Is outdoors and is fully vaccinated. This exception DOES NOT apply:
    • In crowded areas or at large gatherings where it is difficult to maintain physical distance including but not limited to event areas, venues and large social gatherings like parades, graduation ceremonies or wedding receptions, in which case a mask, or face covering or face shield must be worn. 
    • To outdoor workplaces or worksites, in which case a mask, face covering, or face shield must be worn by workers. 
    • Is fully vaccinated, or is unvaccinated but at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease, and is with others who are fully vaccinated, in accordance with the following:
      • In private at-home social gatherings indoors or outdoors, individuals who are fully vaccinated may visit with others who are fully vaccinated without masks, face coverings or face shields, and without physical distancing.
      • In private at-home social gatherings indoors or outdoors, individuals who are fully vaccinated may visit with individuals from one other household who are not fully vaccinated without masks, face coverings or face shields, and without physical distancing, as long as the unvaccinated individuals are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease. 
      • These exceptions to the mask, face covering, or face shield requirement ARE NOT applicable to workplaces. 
      • When inside a private residence with individuals outside of your household, and all individuals are not fully vaccinated, it is still safest for everyone to wear a mask, face covering or face shield.

More information on face coverings.


Temporary Urban Camping in Parks

In order to support community health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Eugene has temporarily adjusted its enforcement process around prohibited camping in order to help people maintain recommended physical distancing while reducing the need to move around the community. These adjustments align with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, Oregon Health Authority, and Lane County Public Health. Learn more about these temporary updates.


Parks, paths and trailsgreen checkmarkOpen
Basketball courtsgreen checkmarkOpen

Limit contact among players as much as possible. Disinfect shared equipment regularly.

Community gardensgreen checkmarkOpen
Disc golfgreen checkmarkOpen
Dog off-leash areasgreen checkmarkOpen
Drinking fountainsgreen checkmarkOn
Park rental permitsyellow exclamation markPartialLimitations based on Lane County risk level apply.
Picnic sites and sheltersyellow exclamation markPartialLimitations based on Lane County risk level apply.
Playgrounds and play areasgreen checkmarkOpenPlaygrounds will not be sanitized. Please read recommendations for park users below.
Restroomsgreen checkmarkOpen
Skateparksgreen checkmarkOpen
Tennis/pickleball courtsgreen checkmarkOpenSingles play only, doubles with members of household. Don’t share tennis balls.
Volunteer Program Eventsyellow exclamation markPartialRegular weekly and monthly events have resumed with enhanced safety protocols. RSVPs are required.
Parks and Open Space Officered xClosedIn-person lobby services have been suspended. Please call 541-682-4800 for assistance between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. M-F


Playgrounds

Playground equipment will not be sanitized by Parks staff. We recommend park visitors follow the guidance below:

  • Face coverings are required for everyone over the age of 5 years old if 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.
  • Wash hands before and after visiting a playground.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes for personal use on any surfaces touched.
  • Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Sand play areas remain closed.


Benches and other structures

Staff is unable to sanitize benches or other structures so it is recommended that the public avoid these high-touch surfaces.


More Information and Resources

Please visit the City of Eugene’s website at eugene-or.gov/coronavirus, and Lane County at lanecounty.org/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information and guidance.