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Posted on: January 31, 2024

[ARCHIVED] Parks Open, Debris Work Continues in Storm Cleanup

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City of Eugene Public Works crews continue to make progress in cleaning up after the ice storm earlier this month. In the first few weeks of the effort, teams have already taken about 500 truckloads of debris to area drop-off sites, swept up hundreds of cubic yards of sand and cleared more than a thousand work orders, all while maintaining standard operations as much as possible.

Our customer service representatives are getting many inquiries on a few topics, so we’d like to answer them widely.

City Parks

City of Eugene parks and trails are open. However, not all tree hazards have been removed, so it is important that park users are extra aware of their surroundings and what’s above them at all times. Crews will complete debris cleanup in parks as soon as possible, but it is likely to take months for all areas to be addressed. 

The parking lot at the main Spencer Butte trailhead on South Willamette Street is closed, but there are lots open at the Fox Hollow entrance as well as the 52nd Avenue and Willamette Street entrance. Park visitors may not park on the sides of South Willamette due to safety concerns; there are “no parking” signs posted as reminders. There is no timeline for when the City will be able to reopen the lot.

Tree ownership

Many property owners are unsure whether a tree on their property is a City tree or a private one. Community members can call 541-682-4800 to request a clarification on tree ownership. Staff will research the tree or trees in question and get back to callers within 48 hours. Some tree locations require a physical inspection, while others can be evaluated virtually.

Private trees that fell into the roadway and were cleared by City crews still must be cleaned up by the property owner; the City team only cleared the tree because it was a traffic hazard. Please do not leave debris from private trees in the road, and please do not park near debris piles as this slows down City crews and could lead to a car being towed.

Members of the public who have tree debris can dispose of it at the two Lane Forest Products locations, Rexius, or, if they live in rural areas, one of the two Lane County drop-off sites (Saturday-Sunday only).

Cleanup timeline

Similar storms in the past have taken several months to fully clean up, and there is no reason to believe this one will be different. Indeed, this storm was more severe than some past weather events in terms of damage. 

Although we know community members’ patience has worn thin, we ask for continued understanding as we work through all maintenance tasks. The same crews who usually are sweeping streets and picking up leaves at this time of year have been devoted to debris duty and other storm response work. Full regular operations will resume as soon as possible. 

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