Eugene, OR Parks and Recreation Programs

Kids of all ages can take part in any number of activities, such as KinderKarate, swimming, hockey, and more.

By Kevin Litwin on April 29, 2011 at 4:19 am EST
Skinner Butte Park in Eugene, OR


Eugene is often regarded as one of the healthiest cities in the United States, and one reason is due to the great parks and recreation programs offered to residents.

Park Programs

The City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Department oversees nearly 50 recreation programs that can be used and enjoyed by residents of all ages. That enjoyment can begin at the earliest ages with city-sponsored kids programs such as KinderKarate, Gym Tumblers, MusiKids, modern dance and ballet. There are also more than 25 sports programs available for boys and girls who live in the Eugene area.

The city is also home to three public swimming venues – Amazon, Echo Hollow and Sheldon pools – with plenty of space at each for hundreds of people to enjoy during the warm-weather months. Open swimming and club competitions are available at all three sites.

An outdoor inline/floor hockey rink that is equipped with dasher boards, night lighting and spectator seating is also available mainly for kids. The spacious 120-foot-by-55-foot rink is located at the Amazon Park tennis courts.

But kids aren’t the only Eugene residents privy to a variety of recreation opportunities. Parks and Open Space officials offer a large number of competitive sports leagues for men and women as well as coed teams.

City officials say adult sports encourage physical fitness, mental well-being and social interaction, and healthy residents contribute to a productive and healthy community.

Specific sports programs include men’s and women’s spring soccer, men’s winter soccer, women’s sand volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s softball. There are also coed leagues in sports such as sand volleyball, spring soccer and summer softball.

Parks and Outdoor Facilities

Meanwhile, the Parks and Open Space department also takes care of 40 parks and outdoor facilities throughout the Eugene area, with those venues situated in all parts of the community. For example, Gilham Park and Striker Field are situated in the eastern portion of the city, while the southern sector has sites such as University Park and Laurelwood Golf Course.

The northern portion of Eugene is graced with attractions such as Bramblewood Park and Terra Linda Park, and the western sector has Willow Corner and Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Meanwhile, the Bethel community is home to recreation spots such as Golden Gardens Park and Dragonfly Bend, and the city’s central district has scenic destinations such as Skinner Butte Park and Owen Rose Garden.

Dog owners flock to canine-friendly Alton Baker Park along the Willamette River.

The city is also home to the Eugene Fencing Club as well as the Eugene Disc Golf Club.

In addition, a recreational program called Adaptive Recreation Services is offered year-round at Hilyard Community Center for Eugene area children, teens and adults with disabilities.

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