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Posted on: December 20, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Use Caution in City Parks

Eugene Public Works is advising people to use caution in City parks. Last week’s ice storm caused significant damage to trees throughout the parks system, and crews have yet to get into the parks to identify and address potential hazards.  While parks remain open, caution should be observed.  Hazards include broken branches that remain suspended in a tree but can fall at any time.  Parks that have considerable tree cover, such as the Ridgeline Trail, Skinner Butte, Hendricks Park and areas along the riverfront should be avoided until hazardous tree conditions can be addressed. 

Crews will work over the coming weeks to assess trees and other potential hazards. However, this could be a lengthy process because the same crews that are typically assigned to work in the parks are assisting with the clearing of debris in streets and sidewalks throughout Eugene.

“Trees are a vital element of Eugene’s parks and it will take several months to fully address the damage they sustained.  In the meantime, please be careful,” said Scott Milovich, Parks and Open Space Operations Manager.

Public Works would also like to advise people that it is not okay to cut down trees in City parks. While trees may appear damaged, they need to be handled and managed by professionals.


Important Public Information

The public is asked to call 541-682-4800 to report downed trees or road issues.

Only call 9-1-1 for immediate life and safety emergencies.

To report a power outage, call EWEB at 844-484-2300.

For information about emergency shelter, call 541-682-5900.

Remember that carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas, and extended exposure can lead to death. 

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