Large crowds and heavy traffic are anticipated at Hendricks Park for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10. While this longstanding tradition has been enjoyed by residents for decades, this year they are encouraged to avoid the risk and visit other parks closer to home or visit Hendricks on another day.
On Mother’s Day Eugene Parks and Open Space will be releasing a video tour of the park in bloom on Facebook for those that want to experience the park from the comfort of their own home or share the experience with moms across the country.
To help accommodate the anticipated traffic, Fairmount Blvd. will be turned into a one-way road, allowing west-bound traffic only, from Fairmount’s intersection with Floral Hill Drive to the 2800 block of Fairmount Blvd. This will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff will be on-site assisting with traffic flow and parking. Many paths in the garden will be converted to one way in order to limit people needing to pass.
While all parks and trails remain open for use, there are limitations in place to keep everyone safe. Parks and Open Space continues to ask community members to:
- Minimize travel and take advantage of your nearest park.
- Steer clear of crowded areas, including parking lots. Areas including Hendricks Park and Spencer Butte Trail are having issues with overcrowding.
- Visit parks during off-hours and leave if it becomes too crowded.
- Keep 6 feet away from those not in your household.
- Be aware of your surroundings so you can maintain 6 feet of distance while allowing others to pass you on paths and trails.
- Playgrounds, sport courts and skateparks are closed. Do not enter these closed areas.
- If you are feeling sick, stay home.
Parks and Open Space is working hard to maintain critical services such as garbage pickup, restroom cleaning, mowing and addressing safety hazards with reduced staff. Park Ambassadors and Eugene Park Resource Officers are providing their regular safety presence in the parks and natural areas.