First Saturday Park Walks
PARK WALK UPDATE 3/25:
As public health recommendations continue to evolve, we have extended our Recreation facility closure and programming cancelation past our original date of March 30. Please see list of cancellations below.
Explore the ecology and management of Eugene’s beautiful parks with Eugene Rec and Parks and Open Space staff. This year these free interpretive walks are themed to highlight the diversity of parks in the City and showcase improvements driven by the 30-year Parks and Rec System Plan and the 2018 Parks and Rec Bond and Levy passed by voters. No registration is required.
- February 1, 9 - 11 a.m.
Tugman Park/Amazon Parkway - Visit Tugman Park and the Amazon Parkway to learn about recent park renovations, prairie and woodland habitat work, and waterways management. Meet at the Tugman Park picnic shelter off Hilyard Street. Level 3
- March 7, 9 - 11 a.m.
Mt. Baldy (Ridgeline) - See and learn about recent trail renovations and habitat work in the Ridgeline. Catch a glimpse of spring wildflowers in bloom. Meet at the Dillard East Trailhead parking lot on Dillard Road. Level 3
- April 4, 9 - 11 a.m. -- CANCELED
Amazon Park - Experience rare wet prairie habitat and plants in South Eugene. Learn about upcoming trail and stream habitat work. Meet in the Amazon Station Park and Ride shelter off Amazon Parkway. Level 3
- May 2, 9 - 11 a.m.
Maurie Jacobs to Rasor Park - Stroll the banks of the Willamette and find out about ongoing habitat work, the importance of riparian trees, and local natural history. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Fir Lane off River Road, 150 Fir Lane. Level 3
- June 6, 9 - 11 a.m.
Wild Iris Ridge - Visit rare Willamette Valley oak and prairie habitat, search for pollinators in wildflower restoration areas and venture along the newest section of the Ridgeline Trail. Meet at the trailhead kiosk at the end of Bailey View Drive. Level 3
- August 1, 9 - 11 a.m.
Alton Baker/Whilamut Natural Area - Join us on a stroll through one of the highest quality riparian forests in Eugene’s Park system and learn about the activities to enhance habitat across the site and the animals that use it. Meet at the gravel parking lot across from the Autzen Stadium, near the dog park. Level 3
- September 5, 9 - 11 a.m.
Meadowlark Prairie - Get off the beaten path and learn about wetland plants and animals and the techniques ecologists use to manage and restore their habitats. No dogs please. Uneven ground on this walk is not suitable for wheelchair or similar devices. Meet at the Meadowlark Prairie Overlook, 88525 Greenhill Road. Level 3+
- October 3, 9 - 11 a.m.
Skinner Butte - Learn about the trail project, habitat work and fuels reduction happening in the heart of downtown. Meet at the parking lot near the RiverPlay playground. Level 3+
- November 7, 9 - 11 a.m.
Golden Gardens - Learn about Western pond turtles and recent habitat restoration work at this little known gem in northwest Eugene. Meet at 4705 Jessen Drive. From Barger Drive, take Golden Gardens Street north to Jessen Drive, turn left and park along the north side of Jessen. Level 3
- December 5, 9 - 11 a.m.
Delta Ponds - Visit Delta Ponds and learn about the habitat restoration and compatible recreation on site. You might glimpse beaver, otter, turtles and birds of all kinds. Meet in the northwest corner of the Valley River Center parking lot, adjacent to the river path. Level 3
Activity Level Ratings
- Level 1 - Little walking. OK for those with walkers, wheel- chairs or walking difficulties.
- Level 2 - Moderate walking. Similar to that at a shopping center or large museum.
- Level 3 - Walking of 1-2 miles (1 to 1.5 hours), as on a walking tour of gardens or the zoo. May be steps or hills. Level 3+ may not be suitable for wheelchairs or walker/assistance devices.
- Level 4 - Walking of 3-6 miles on moderate trails. May be rough, hilly or at higher altitude. Access to medical help may be limited.
- Level 5 - Long hikes of 5+ miles. May be very rough, hilly or high altitude. Access to medical help may be limited.