I live just a few blocks from this park, and I frequent it often. It is awesome. It is part of a big park system that rings most of the Willamette River front in Eugene. There's a bike path along the river, there's an awsome playground including sand and water play for the kids, there's an awesome mini-butte for walking/hiking/viewing the city. Sometimes bald eagles nest on the butte and there are often ducks and osprey and great blue herons in sight. There are also huge swaths of open space for frisbee and that kind of thing. Plenty of picnic tables and trashcans and all that as well. There are also several war memorials near a separate little playground with a cute cemnt turtle and whale. Also an open ball field which hosts many a game of wacky adult kick-ball, but is usually just open for use. What else?? There is also a cute little building called Lamb Cottage that can be rented for small to mid-sized gatherings with a nice little kitchen. Food not Bombs sometimes uses it to feed the hungry.
The restrooms are located by the big riverplay playground and are, um, uititarian (no doors, I suppose to discourage drug use and other unsavory hiding out activities), but clean enough. The next bit of park downriver (to the North) may or may not have a separate name, but it has a really lovely and fairly extensive rose garden and a crazy cool old Chinese Cherry tree or some such thing. There are also restrooms over here, but I havent been in them in a while, so no report onthem. It's definitely worth the little walk over to take time to stop and smell the roses.
PLEASE be aware that people really do bicycle on the Bike path, so try to stay to the right and not to wander aimlessly out in front of them, and be very aware of where your dogs and children are--keeping them off on the grass to the side is safest! The cyclists try really hard to be polite, but the pedestrians need to do their part, too (full disclosure: I am Both!).
Maybe I'll see you there!
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