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Posted on: April 10, 2020

The Best Things We've Seen This Week - Vol. 4

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Welcome to The Best Things We’ve Seen This Week – Vol. 4. The sun is out in Eugene, and we’re all doing our best. But we have to remember we’re in this together, and even if you want to go recreate, we have to do it in different ways right now. Be safe out there!

We want this space to be a place where we can share thinks we think people will like, provide tips for getting through your days at home or to just put a smile on your face. But the underlying reason why we are all home right now can’t be forgotten, so our first link every week is to a resources page on the City of Eugene website where you can find the latest information on what the City is doing, key resources and related information.

And now, enjoy looking through this blog from Tyler E. Burgess. She creates hand-drawn guidebooks of unique walks from her travels, and she has quite a few from Eugene.

A lap swimmer at Amazon Pool.


  • This week is typically one of the most exciting times of year for those of us here at Eugene Rec. For months we had planned on April 9 being the start of registration for summer programs. The health and safety of our beloved community is paramount, and it is with heavy hearts we are telling you we won’t be printing a 2020 Summer Rec Guide and are postponing registration for summer programs. 
  • This weekend, three Eugene-area groups will host a donation drive for personal protective equipment, or PPE, in response to high demand for the items brought by treating the spread of COVID-19. Read the full story here at The Register-Guard.
  • Local gym Elements Health Club has created Kids Fit, an online workout program so kids can get P.E. class-style exercise from home. No word yet on getting monkey bars into every home.
  • RIP, Bill McChesney Sr. Those in the running community know Bill McChesney Sr. was the patriarch of track and field in Eugene. He died Monday morning at the age of 91. Read RG reporter Chris Hansen’s story about McChesney and his family and watch this video about how he was still running the Butte to Butte well into his 80s.
  • The City has been working hard to help the community through this pandemic, and one such way has been by creating outreach teams to help those experiencing homelessness. Since then a distribution site has been set up at White Bird Clinic anddesignated temporary shelter sites have been established at Amazon and Hilyard community centers.
  • Every year, Prairie Mountain School hatches ducklings in its courtyard and then teachers lead the mom and her ducklings through the school to the nearby wetlands. This usually happens with kindergartners lining the hallways to cheer them on. This year, school officials documented the tradition so everyone could share the joy.
  • We are all thinking about the bright, sunny days ahead. While we aren’t able to go out and camp and hike just yet, maybe you can start a big hike. Like Appalachian Trail big. You can now virtually hike the trail through an app that counts your steps when you’re out walking and puts it on the map of the trail.
  • Virtual challenges are popping up everywhere. Did you see the one Eugene Rec is doing through our athletics program? If not check it out!
  • Speaking of virtual challenges, Trail Sisters has created the Camaraderie Challengewhere you can sign up and contribute miles to an effort to virtually circumnavigate the globe!
  • Looking for free resources to help with your child’s education in the next two months now that school has officially been canceled for the rest of the year? Open Culture is a website that has free cultural and educational media close at hand.
  • A light artist in Europe created a project that paints light onto one of the biggest things around the Swiss town of Zermatt: THE MATTERHORN.

Let’s head into the weekend with a smile

And one more thing...

Have a good weekend everyone. 

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