First Saturday Park Walks

group of people walking on trail in natural area

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.


UPDATE: Registration is now required - walks are limited to 10 participants and face coverings are required. Registration information here.

Thank you Eugene! Your Parks & Rec bond and levy dollars at work
  • March 6, 9 - 11 a.m.
    Blanton Ridge - Hike through a Douglas-fir forest and keep an eye out for early spring wildflowers. Meet at Blanton Ridge Trailhead parking lot, 4100 Blanton Rd. Level 3+
  • April 3, 9 - 11 a.m.
    Rasor Park -  Stroll along the river to a remnant upland prairie that is being stewarded by the Friends of Rasor Park. Wildflowers and pollinators should be abundant. Meet at Maurie Jacobs Park at the east end of the park lot on Fir Lane. Level 3
  • May 1, 9 - 11 a.m.
    Frank Kinney Park - Enjoy a loop walk on East and West Amazon Parkway. Learn about native pollinators and native plant populations while ambling along the bark paths. Meet at Frank Kinney Park at the end of the west Amazon. Level 2

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.