Irwin City Park – W. Irwin Way, off Barger

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When I first headed west on Barger I turned down the first Irwin street I saw, which turned out to be E Irwin way.  Trust me, don’t do that, or you will park here…

crappy parking
crappy parking

It’s not terrible, but you’ll be missing out on this great, shaded, ample parking lot.

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oooh, nice

When you have kids in the car, you don’t want to park on the side of the road.

At Irwin, you will come to a nice little covered area.

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I love the tiles in some Eugene parks.

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I like that you can hang out in a covered area that is right next to the play structure!

20150725_102623lots of shady benches around too, this park has good shade.

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A great climbing wall here

do it!
do it!

This play structure has a great tunnel, lots of bars for swinging, super slide and small slide, funny mirror, and a bouncy type, see-saw thing…

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Fun tunnel time!!!

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Bouncer? See-saw? or both?

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the standard two baby swing, two big kid swing set-up

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Twice the dizzying possibilities of the standard Eugene park

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There’s a lot to do in this park.  Did you bring a basketball or baseball?  There’s a basketball court and a baseball diamond.  Both are in pretty good shape.  The basketball hoop has a nice looking net and the baseball diamond seems to be pretty well-kept and smooth.
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Let’s take a walk beyond the basketball court, shall we?

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nice little trail, benches, and field out here.

Let’s go the other way too, beyond the play structure.

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a little bumble-bee, wildflower action.

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Found these discarded clothes by the bridge, not sure what it is, looked like someone just threw out a bunch of clothes (maybe stolen clothes that someone didn’t want?)  But mostly I was happy with the lack of debris and litter in the field area, it was very pleasant.

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I think Irwin makes a nice park for a playdate.

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Rosetta Park (Rosetta Place Park) – Rosetta Ave. and Evergreen Dr.

Rosetta Park (or Rosetta Place, as the sign says), is a nice little neighborhood park; in fact, it’s in my old neighborhood.  When I lived nearby it was just a field, and after that a dog park, but now it is a nice little neighborhood park.

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This park is surrounded by a nice field.  Since it used to be a dog park, and is still frequented by dogs, you might want to watch out for dog droppings!  There are usually bags available, but maybe they ran out.
20150620_115157water fountain, picnic tables,  and bike racks too, but no bathroom.

One of my favorite parts of this park is the beautiful mosaic on a bench.  It’s these little touches that make Eugene’s parks beautiful and unique.
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Since this is a newer park, the trees are young and don’t provide too much shade.  But we also like sitting on the benches under the play structure.

 

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A metal merry-go-round, which is always nice, and a bouncy-style see-saw

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Another view of the play-structure which has a neat little climby wall.  Two baby and regular swings.  Bark chips for the ground around the play-structure.

 

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Here’s my dad in the little hut at the top of the play-structure.  It has a nice little bench.

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It’s a little hard to separate the soft spot I have for this park from my opinion, but if I try, I guess the park is probably just OK.  It’s mostly surrounded by a road, not a busy one, but still the road feels very present.  This isn’t one of your “hidden away” or “private” parks.  Not worth going out of your way for, and pretty hot in the summer, but it’s a pleasant little place if you live nearby.