Eugene Parks and Open Space manages many natural areas it calls neighborhood natural areas. These include smaller natural areas that are part of a neighborhood park such as Tugman or Bond parks and natural areas that are part of larger community or metropolitan parks such as Skinner Butte and Whilamut. Many future developed parks are managed by the neighborhood natural areas team.
Neighborhood natural areas provide opportunities for folks to escape the more urban environment and connect with nature and provide habitat for wildlife. These areas contribute to a more livable Eugene through mitigation of urban heat, providing pollinator habitat, improving water quality, sequestering carbon and more.
Whilamut Natural Area
East Alton Baker Park, now officially known as the Whilamut Natural Area (WNA), covers 237 acres of riverfront open space dedicated for passive recreation and habitat restoration.
This committee’s scope of work includes monitoring City-initiated restoration and park improvement activities; coordinating committee-sponsored volunteer projects; and promoting the Whilamut Natural Area to the community as a valuable open space asset.