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Mission Statement

Strengthening our community by preserving and enhancing our parks and open space system and providing diverse recreation experiences.


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Eugene Park Stewards

In 2011, the Parks and Open Space Division began the process of reorganizing and consolidating three previously separate volunteer programs (Stream Team, NeighborWoods and Volunteers in Parks) into a single, coordinated program called the Eugene Park Stewards (EPS). This process also included the Donation Program. This reorganization was designed to make the program more efficient, while also expanding its capacity to support volunteer activities that help POS maintain Eugene’s park and open space system. EPS has three full time volunteer coordinators who work year-round in our three park maintenance zones, training, organizing and supporting groups and individuals of all ages working in our parks and open spaces. The primary focus of the consolidated program is to work with community groups to adopt their local neighborhood park in order to provide on-going support of our maintenance staff’s work on our growing maintenance workload. EPS volunteers plant trees and native plants, weed landscape beds, fix picnic tables and benches, paint restrooms, remove invasive plants, maintain and restore trails, pick up litter and paint over graffiti.

In addition to supporting 44 active partnership groups in our parks and open spaces, the three volunteer coordinators also continues to support large community-wide volunteer events drawing hundreds of volunteers, such as the Annual Willamette River Clean-Up and the Annual MLK Day of Service. On the other end of the spectrum, the program also supports smaller work parties, such as the Friends of Awbrey Park at Awbrey Park, and Delta Lions at the stretching equipment at 24 th and Amazon Parkway. In calendar 2012, the EPS program supported 336 volunteer events, with over 11,000 volunteer hours donated by more than 4,300 volunteers.

Hendricks Park

Throughout most of the year, Hendricks Park utilizes volunteers to help remove non-native, invasive plants, restore habitat, and maintain trails and gardens in the park. Contact Ginny Alfriend at 541-682-5324.


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