Donate to Parks
With over 5,000 acres of open space, Parks and Open Space is the communities leading provider of green space and outdoor recreation. Donations to Eugene’s parks help to enhance, expand, and preserve our world-class outdoor spaces, an essential component of what makes Eugene a great city to live in and visit.
Donations and support that can make a great impact on the well-being of the park and open space system include bench and other memorial donations, sponsorship of park assets, support of volunteer programs and services, and estate planning bequests.
Contact Jonathan Beckhart, Parks Development Coordinator, to discuss how you can contribute to the continued prosperity of Eugene’s renowned Parks and Open Space system.
Charitable contributions to the City of Eugene Parks and Open Space division may be tax-deductible per IRS Publication 526.
A commemorative park bench within the Parks and Open Space system is a beautiful way to honor your significant loved ones for all park patrons to enjoy. Your generous contribution supports Parks while also enhancing the park itself and leaving a lasting memory.
Parks and Open Space will work with you to choose your park or natural area location, identify the perfect on-site spot for installation, and craft a special inscribed bronze plaque message.
The current cost of a commemorative bench in most locations is $5,000.
*Benches are not currently available in the following locations:
- Owen Rose Garden
- Hendricks Park Rhododendron Garden
If you are interested in a commemorative park bench, please fill out this short inquiry form.
Established in 2004, the Eugene Parks Foundation has operated in a public-private partnership with Eugene Parks and Recreation.
The mission of the the Foundation is to connect people and resources in ways that improve parks and recreation for the enjoyment and well-being of all.
As an independent 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation works to provide resources for special projects the City cannot fund, helping to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability or background, is able to enjoy Eugene’s parks and recreation services.
Past projects made successful through support of the Foundation include:
- Accessible Play at Amazon Park
- Washington Park Spray Play
- Recreation Scholarships
- Riverbank Path Wayfinding
Visit the Foundation to learn more about how you can support Parks and Recreation in a variety of ways:
- Join the Legacy Circle
- Planned giving and estate bequests
- Contribute to the Land Fund
- …and more
Show your love for our park system by joining our outstanding team of volunteers.
Maintain trails, remove invasive plants, care for community gardens, spruce up playgrounds, plant natives, interact directly with park guests as a tour guide or docent – and so much more. Your options for going out, getting dirty and giving back are as interesting as you are.