Frank Kinney Park – 875 Martin St.

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Way down W. Amazon Dr. on Martin st, in the Fox Hollow neighborhood, is a pretty little park with a wilderness feel.  Here is Frank Kinney Park on google maps.

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We came down W. Amazon and turned right on Martin. We then went passed the park and turned around so that we could park right next to the play area.  They have an accessible parking spot which is always nice to see.  Martin St. is a nice quiet neighborhood, so it doesn’t feel too nerve-racking to park on the street.  The park is also separated from the street by lots of plants.

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Did you ride your bike?  They have bike racks and water fountains.  You can see a little dog bowl of water and there were definitely a lot of dog-walkers as well as joggers who would come through this park for water.  With an attachment to the Amazon trail system, this is a popular spot for everyone using the outdoor spaces in this area.  It’s neat to see people in the community enjoying the outdoors together.  However no bathrooms or potties here.

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Lots of pretty flowers were in bloom when we visited
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If you are walking around in bare feet, watch out!  A lot of these pokey little plants

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There’s a little path around the park, although there are a lot of dandelions growing in it, so it may not work great for little bikes.  There are picnic tables and also some shady areas in the grass to sit on.

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This park also has the beautiful tile work we see at so many parks in town.

So, the play area!

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It’s not a big one for swings, but it does have one baby swing and one regular swing.

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We also have a 2-kid motorcycle bouncer.

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Some cute kiddo stuck a flower in there 🙂

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A merry-go-round spinner.  You can also see the doggy bags, trash, and some benches on that side.

The main play structure is mostly made of wood and has a nice rustic charm.

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It’s actually very similar to the play structure in Rosetta Park, except for that the one in Rosetta is made of plastic and it has a slide!  So unfortunately, there is no slide on this structure for the kids who live for sliding.

There is a great climbing wall, as seen above.  And the below picture shows a rope where kids can climb down.  I know it’s a drop that makes some parents a little nervous.

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There’s a nice lounging area under the structure

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And a shady hut to be a little play house or fun hidden area.

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Frank Kinney also has a sand play area with water in the summer months.

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The sand pit area always seems to have some buckets or Tupperware for kids to play with, which I think is really nice of someone or some people who are keeping it stocked up.

Behind the sandy area is a pretty field for playing and running and lots of dandelions.

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There’s also a connection in the back to a little trail loop that we did.

 

There’s a little work-out area that the kids enjoyed

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And be advised about cougars and bears: this park is so close to the real wilderness experience at the edge of Eugene!

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Being pretty far out, another issue was that I didn’t have cell service in the park itself, only when we went on the little walk.  So this might be a big downside, unless you are ok with being unplugged.  Verizon did seem to have service in this area, though.  But it does make you hesitate and think about “what ifs” in cases of emergency when you really need a phone.

Frank Kinney Park may be on the outskirts of Eugene, but I love seeing all the trees and hills of the close-by forest.  It’s a quiet park where you can hear the birds and chirps of insects.  It also has such a nice wood play-structure, even if there is no slide.  I like to be there with friends so that the no cell-service doesn’t make me so nervous. Even though it’s a drive, it’s a park with a nice feel and worth visiting sometimes.

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Bond Lane Park – Bond Ln. and Chasa St.

Brace yourselves: this park has a dinosaur.

IMG_2434Ok, so that’s not all they have at Bond Lane park, but I think my inner child is pretty much obsessed with the big purple dinosaur bouncer.

Bond Lane Park is nestled in the neighborhoods off Cal Young, here’s a link to the map. And actually, there’s a really nice 360 degree picture that someone has uploaded to google maps, you should check it out!

You can get to Bond Lane Park from a few different directions, like Norkenzie, or Goodpasture Island road.  I like to park right on Bond Lane.  I don’t park down Chasa st. because, even though it’s a bit closer to the play area, I don’t like crossing the street with my kids, and there is no parking on Chasa st. right next to the park.

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Where I park on Bond Lane, it can be pretty busy and full at times!
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Chasa St, beside the park. Sorry you can’t park next to the park!

A little stroll across a shady field to get to the play area.

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Lots of apples falling right now!

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Where would you like to sit?  There are quite a few picnic tables and lots of shade on the grass for laying out a blanket.

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The play area itself was partially in the shade for early on. I expect the play area to be somewhat sunny, but what I didn’t expect was no water fountains!!  We were pretty thirsty by the end of our play-time.  Bring extra water to this park!

Of course, the dinosaur is awesome, and seats two kids.

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You can see that there are just bark chips here.  Also a nice metal merry-go-round.

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(I love it when the bright paint starts to chip)

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And we’ve got our two baby swing, 2 kid swing set-up.  Yay, for two baby swings!

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I like the play structure, it has some unique climbing features.

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The spider web!

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The twisty ladder.

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This one can get tricky for the really little ones: they start up thinking it’s a regular ladder then get in over their heads as it twists!  So, I try to keep an eye out for my youngest guy.

Some, what are these, leap pad things?

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With a little “rock climbing” wall behind that.

And one big metal slide

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metal or plastic, slides just get hot in the summer!
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My kids like to play at these little windows.  Would you like some bark chip ice cream?

We also went to explore the pathway in the back of the park. That tree in the picture has a sign warning about some future herbicide spraying.  I’ve noticed this at some other parks lately too, but I’m glad they are warning people.

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Pear trees too!

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Going down a little path in back, a nice exploration.

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There’s the park way back there!

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Some construction nearby.

We walked until we reached a neighborhood on Happy Lane and then headed back.  It was a nice little walk and the paths were well-tended to.

Bond Lane Park is a nice and shady park, on a quiet neighborhood road.  The dinosaur is a unique detail, and I really enjoy the big trees.  I was disappointed about the lack of water fountain though.  Hopefully someday I will be writing an update about the city adding a fountain to this park. In the meantime, if you bring some extra water on the hot summer days, you will have loads of fun!

 

Candlelight Park – Royal Ave. and Throne Dr.

This week’s post is by guest writer Deborah Fike, who also did the Pacific Park post awhile back.  I’ll be adding my thoughts as well.  Here’s what she has to say:

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Candlelight Park is in west Eugene off Royal avenue, to the west of Beltline.  It’s a fairly big park with lots of amenities: a dog park, a playground, a basketball court, a soccer field, and a short series of trails.  Here’s the park on google maps.

There is parking all along the street on Welcome Way and Throne Drive. Parking on Throne Dr. will put you closer to the play area and dog park .  It shouldn’t be hard to find a spot unless there’s an event going on. The park is in a very nice, newer neighborhood, and all the people I have met on the park on three different trips were incredibly friendly.

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Melanie says: If you park near the dog park, there is a neat little community board.

When you turn on Throne Dr. from Royal Avenue, the first thing you will see is the enormous dog park.  The dog park is divided into two sections and is separated by a creek from the rest of the park (although I have never seen water in the creek).  The dog park has a lot of plastic chairs for owners to sit on and some wading pools.  Whenever we’ve gone, there are always lots of people out with their dogs, so even though I have never used this part of the park, it seems pretty popular.

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Just north of the dog park is the playground:

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For swings, we have two kid swings and one baby swing. 

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You can also see the trash cans, bike racks, picnic tables, and a water fountain

Two bouncers and a climbing fire truck.

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A merry-go-round.

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Melanie says: The merry-go-round seemed a lot higher compared to ones in other parks.  My almost two-year old couldn’t get on it by himself (he usually can).  Not a huge deal, but it did make me think I wouldn’t want anyone to fall off of it!

And the highlight of the park, the large climbing play structure.  For any kid who loves to climb, this thing has it all.  You can climb by a circular rope ladder and a climbing wall:

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You can also climb up more traditional ladders, up stairs, and through a tunnel with little windows.

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Melanie says: My younger son always loves the wheels!

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And there are slides for everyone.  A double slide for two kids to go down at once.

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Plus the big granddaddy slide that gives you a nice twisty ride from the tallest point of the play structure.

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If your kids aren’t much for climbing, there’s plenty of park benches for eating and a basketball court with two hoops.

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Beyond that is a very large soccer field with two nets.

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If your kids like to go “on adventures” like mine do, there is also a short trail system that connects the back-end of the kids’ playground and the dog park together.

There’s even a cool little bridge going over the (dry) creek.

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Dry Creek Bed.

 The playground itself doesn’t have a lot of shade, though, which will make this a very hot place to be in the worst of the summer heat.

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Melanie says: I agree, these small trees might make good shade some day, but not yet!

 It also doesn’t have any public bathrooms, so make sure the kids go before you leave the house.

All in all, I love this park.  I often go here with my kids after a trip to the WinCo on Barger.  It offers a lot without having any sand or water features, which can be nice in the summer when you really don’t want to have to clean up after a park trip.

by Deborah Fike, a project manager and marketing professional with two young children.

Melanie Says:  I love how this park is surrounded by fields.  We aren’t a big dog family, but we were never bothered by any dogs, and it’s fun to watch them play in the designated area.

 

Royal avenue is a busy street, and it’s a bit loud, but it’s nowhere near the play area, so that was OK.

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We enjoyed this park too.  It’s in a nice neighborhood, has fun structures, and places to explore.  Thanks for the write-up, Deborah!

 

Fairmount Park – E. 15th Ave. and Fairmount Blvd.

Before I dive in, first let me say thank you!  The Eugene Park Guide is one year old.  It’s been a lot of fun exploring parks and sharing them with you.  I hope that the information has been helpful to you and maybe even encouraged families to visit more parks in our beautiful city.  The outpouring of interest and support has really made me consider putting more love into this blog: instead of being a straightforward info blog.  So if you’d like to see more interesting photos or any other improvements let me know!  As of now, once a month is about what I have time for, but I hope to post a bit more frequently this summer to get my followers more information during summer break.

I have gained a lot of new followers since I started, so if you’d like to go back and visit my first post, check out Bethel Community Park.

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Ok, now onto Fairmount.  This little park is in South East Eugene, off Franklin Boulevard. It is at the base of the hill on which Hendricks Park is located (does that hill/butte have a name? Let me know if it does!) and just past the eastern edge of the University of Oregon. I have always wanted to call it FairMONT, but beware; it is FairMOUNT.  Here is your map.

Your parking will be on the street, either right in front (north side of the park), or on the side (east side of the park). There are paths to the park on either side. (left photo is north, right photo is east)

 

Even though the street curves around the park, there isn’t too much traffic, and most cars are at least slowing a bit to go around that curve.  Plus, there is enough brush, bushes, and grass to act as a barrier, so I don’t feel like the street is much of an issue.

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E. 15th street curves around the park and turns into Fairmount Blvd (there’s a stop sign at the corner that says you don’t have to stop if turning right).

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The other two edges of the park are bushes and fenced in area.  It give the whole park a nice enclosed feeling.

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If you enter on the east side, you get a nice little information kiosk, with lots of info about Hendricks park and events there.

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As you enter, there is a big grassy area.  It’s a nice little field for playing ball or running off some energy.

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The park itself doesn’t actually have a play structure, per se.  It has 4 main pieces of play equipment: A large slide, swings, a see saw, and merry-go-round.  All of these are on sand.

 

As you may remember from my Tandy Turn post, that many parks have been converted from sand to bark chips.  I’ve contacted Eugene Parks & Rec to see if they plan to change Fairmount park as well.  I’ll let you know!

The big slide is a lot of fun and there is often a line when there are many kids playing at Fairmount.

It’s a bit tall for the really little ones, and it can get a bit slippery to climb up if there’s too much sand on the steps, so watch out for that.

The see-saw is a nice old-fashioned, metal and wood teeter-totter.

I know some parents aren’t a fan of these.  They aren’t as easy for kids to use on their own as the newer style of bouncer see-saws.  I like them though. Really feel the burn in your thighs as you help your tiny toddler go up and down!

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Standard swings: 2 kid, 2 baby (bucket style seats).

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Another “classic” style feature is the metal merry-go-round.  We love stomping on it and making big noises.

Next to the play area is a nice picnic area, with beautiful wooden picnic tables and some trees for a bit of shade.  The whole park has a shady feel, although the play area itself is mainly shady in the early morning or evening, when the sun is behind the trees.  There are lots of nice benches to sit on around the park, in addition to the picnic tables.

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Pretty wood. I have no idea what kind this is, maybe someone else knows 🙂

There are also lots of Oregon Grapes around, our state flower!

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On the other side of the picnic tables is the water area: lots of fun to push the button to turn them on and run around in the water!!

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Two things I wish were better: 1. The button needs to be pressed frequently to keep the water on.  When we were there sometimes a kid or parent would just stay by the button and press it over and over for the other kids. 2. The basketball hoop is right above the water area, which created some conflict when basketball players and kids playing in the water were cramped for the same space.

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On the other side of the water is a bathroom. I was actually pleasantly surprised that it was clean and did not smell terrible when we were there, I had no problem using it.  You may want to remember your own hand sanitizer, because there was none provided, but there is toilet paper.

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Fairmount is also a location frequented by some local day cares and preschools, so some mornings there were a lot of kids there and it was very crowded.  But it’s also nice to have lots of kids around to play with and to hear so many happy voices.

If your kid likes to run and climb on play-structures, then this park may not provide them with a lot to do, but it helps if you have a ball to play in the field with or some sidewalk chalk handy.

I like Fairmount Park, it’s a nice shady little park with some old-school play equipment that can keep get you cooled down with water play.  I hope you’ll check it out!

 

Oakmont Park – 2295 Oakmont Way

Oakmont park is right across from the Oakway Center Mall on Oakmont Way. Here’s the map.

I think that’s kind of the best thing about this park.  Grab a coffee at Starbucks, browse Old Navy, then stroll over to the park to let kids blow off steam.  Then you can head back to the mall for a potty break any time.  It’s a busy area, but that means a lot of people and company for your outing.  The crosswalks are well marked, and there’s parking on the street by the park if you don’t need to visit the mall.
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This park has wood chips under the taller play structure.  Here’s the nice rock-wall.

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Then we have our large sandy area with the smaller structures; bouncers, a little car (complete with two steering wheels which, while impractical for real cars, is advantageous for play cars with two or more drivers).  Lots of picnic tables and benches too.

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The raised, soft walkway separates the sand and bark chip areas.  It’s a little hard to navigate for new walkers, but they figure it out.

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I love this little house in the sandy area.  It’s a nice place to retreat to if it starts to rain.  It can also be a castle, restaurant, or cave, if needed.

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I haven’t actually been here when this water area is on and working, so perhaps we will revisit this park later.  If you have some feedback on the water area, comment below! Aren’t those mosaic animals beautiful, though?

There is a large field and paths to explore that lead to other neighborhoods.  A basketball hoop, water fountain (not on in the winter), trash can, and bike racks.  There’s also a quaint little hill for contemplating life and watching the construction at the Mall.

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One path leads to Frontier dr.

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And the other leads to Bedford Way.

So, I do like this park a lot, but there are some things about the play structure that I should mention.  First of all, it’s not a great set-up.  The things that the littlest kids will like the best are harder to get to, like the car wheel that’s at the very top of the structure

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…or the smaller slide that’s not easy to get to either. You have to go across this bridge:

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Now, I’m not opposed to challenging my kids.  I consider myself a pretty “free-range” parent and I like to let my kids explore on their own.  But, that being said, I think some kid has fallen off this thing every time we’ve been there.  It’s Eugene, it’s wet, there’s only a hand rail on one side.  I’m not opposed to the occasional cut or scrape, but I don’t actually want my kids to fall all the time. Same goes with the bouncy bridge:

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There’s such a huge gap between the railing and the bridge, I’ve seen kids fall off this one too.  The metal is slippery, unlike some of the wooden bridges at other parks.  My little 18 month old wants to go across this and it’s a little scary.  But I can’t blame him because all the stuff he wants to do is across these bridges!
So, not my favorite play structure. (By Game Time, btw, if you’re keeping score)
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There are a few other neat things

A steep tunnel, some unique monkey bars and a wavy mirror to name a few.

There is a spinny thing:
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I don’t know what those are called, if you know, please comment below.  Anyway, this one is a bit taller than usual, which is either more fun, or harder to use depending on your child.  There’s also a baby swing and kid swing.  So, if you’re kids are big on swings, this is not the park for that.

All in all, I like this park and I’ll continue to visit it, in spite of the high fall ratio.  I guess that’s just the kind of mom I am.

 

 

Gilham Park – Park Wood Dr. and Lakeview Dr.

Gilham Park has got it’s groove back!  And by that I mean that a few things that were missing are back. But I’ll get to that in a moment.

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Link to Google Map Result:
http://tinyurl.com/otw6ewx

Just a word of caution when heading to this park: when I type “Gilham park Eugene” into google maps, the first thing that comes up is the nearby “Gilham Elementary School Soccer Field.” Thanks Google! Not quite.  In fact, I think a few friends have gotten lost thanks to that, so here is the disclaimer right away: Don’t go to Gilham Elementary School! This park is nearby, and in fact, you can see the school across the field, but it’s not the same place. Also, guess what? This park is not actually on Gilham Road.  Haha, good joke Eugene!  I’m always a fan of parks named after the area they are in and not the road they are on so it seems like they should be on the road that there name is and NO THAT’S NOT CONFUSING At ALL.

So, check out the link above or just go down Lakeview Dr. to Park Wood Dr.  You will know you are in the right place if you see tall pine trees and very large houses.  Like, super really nice big houses. So, it’s a nice neighborhood, I’ll just say that.

Wheel Chair Accessible parking spot and parking on a relatively quiet street.
Wheel Chair Accessible parking spot and parking on a relatively quiet street.

Gilham park has both sand and bark chips, with water play in the summer.

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There’s a bouncer back there too.

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If you’re like my son, you will notice the excavator first thing.  This was a nice little surprise for us because the excavator had been “out of order” for a very long time!  I was afraid they would take it away because people might complain it’s too “dangerous.”  Now it is back and actually less dangerous! It’s closer to the ground, so lots of kids will be able to play on it without their parents worried that they will face-plant right into the metal construction tool.

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His feet can touch the ground!

The other thing that has made a triumphant return is the Merry-Go-Round!  This has been gone for a long time, maybe a year?  I figured they’d be replacing it with some “safe” equipment made out of plastic.  But, behold, it is back in all it’s fast, metal glory. Around the Merry-Go-Round and winding through the park are paths with soft blue rubber.  I really like how soft these are for little crawling babies and mama’s aching feet.  A nice alternative to the bark and sand area.

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Also pictured: quite a few nice benches for sitting and trash cans too

Behind the Merry-Go-Round is a bridge, that is very fun to run across, and some little paths in the trees.  It’s not like you are very far from the street or park, but it is a pleasant little area.

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The play structure is one of the Kompany sets and it is also in the sandy area.  This can make it a little slippery at times.

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In the bark chip area is a baby and kid swing and a big bouncer.

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Also this odd tunnel thing.  It kind of reminds me of a rib cage of dinosaur bones.

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There is a nice large field and the school beyond that.  If you come on a school day, and the kids are at recess, this does make your little preschooler wish he could go play with them.  In fact, I’m sure some little kids would be sad or even dart off to go join them, so keep that in mind if you have a runner.

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It’s back there and you can hear those kids having lots of fun! There’s also some nice picnic areas and trees in the field.

Here is something new I noticed: a mosaic four square court.  Also, the water fountains and bike racks.  No bathrooms here.

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I leave you with some cute kid chalk art, just because.

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Brewer Park – 1820 Brewer Ln

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Head down Brewer Ln. between Norkenzie and Gilham to find Brewer Park; this nice little neighborhood park.

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Parking is on the street, but since it’s not on a cross-street, it isn’t too busy and there’s an accessible (disabled/wheelchair parking permit) parking spot as well. Walking into the park, you’re greeted by a nice little mosaic.

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Hey look, I made the picture bigger!  I’m learning.  I’m definitely a novice blogger 🙂

There are also little mosaics speckled throughout the paths in the park, some by kids, some by more experienced artists.  They’re cute; check them out.

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Now to the play structures:

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They have a mix of the same-old stuff and some unique items.  I haven’t seen this kind of bouncer in many parks, and I haven’t seen any other circular monkey bars like these.

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We like the shiny tunnel and baby likes crawling up the safely enclosed stairs.

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Bouncer/see-saw and 2×1 swings, or 2 kid and 1 baby swing set-up. You can also see lots of benches, tables, and bike racks hiding in these pictures.

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The park was pretty shady, but when we were there the sun was still partly behind a very tall tree.  However, even when the sun passed the tree, there was still a fair amount of shade.

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20150910_111721 Trashes and water, but no bathrooms here.  There were a lot of people passing through on bikes and walking dogs, with some people stopping to play.  I like a park that isn’t deserted.

Moving further along, there’s a field with trees and a path and a basketball court.  We didn’t go down the path this time (recuperating ankle), but it appears to lead to a street on the other side called Margaret St.

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I liked this park; with its nice, central location and a fair amount of trees.  I’ll definitely visit it again.

When I do a post for any park, I always go to the main government page.  Usually there’s just one picture that doesn’t show too much about the park (why I’m doing this blog in the first place).  With Brewer Park, the picture looks nothing like the way the park looks now.  It’s obviously a picture before the park was renovated.  I have to say, I’m sad to see the changes.  The merry-go-round is gone and the structure used to be made of wood and metal.  I’ll miss those old play structures from my childhood.  I wonder if we are missing out on something by getting rid of those classic play structures, but I guess old things need to be replaced eventually.

Arrowhead Park – Arrowhead St. and Irvington Dr.

20150730_110353Welcome to Arrowhead Park

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As you can see, the sign is quite a bit away from the actual play structure and picnic area (you can hardly see it way in the distance).  I prefer to go down Arrowhead a ways and park on Merlot, right next to the play structure.  But, if you like a little walk or run, there are some nice paths that lead next to the trees and through the field.

20150730_110415 Don’t worry, there are benches every so often so you can rest.

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This is one of those small simple parks.  The play structure is not by the busy Irvington Rd. and you can easily keep an eye on multiple kids.  The play structure has a twisty side and a wheel and some fun things to climb.

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Bark chips for sale!!

There’s a bouncy see-saw with 4 seats which tends to cut down on the arguments. And the 2 kid, 2 baby swing structure.

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Next to the play structure is a nice picnic area with trashes, benches, and a water fountain.  There are also different wildflowers that bloom throughout the seasons.  It would be a very lovely area for a birthday or baby shower.  No bathrooms here, though.

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There’s also a special little path to walk on.  It follows “flat creek” and leads to some other neighborhoods.  It actually ends back on Arrowhead near Spearmint St.  It’s easy to go down Arrowhead St. back to the park or back the way you came.

Want to explore?
Want to explore?
A nice little path, but no creek for us on this hot summer day.
A nice little path, but no creek for us on this hot summer day.

A local neighbor told us that the creek comes back in the winter and is frequented by friendly ducks.  Just watch out for poison oak!

Leaves of three, let it be!  Shiny and round.  It helps if you have someone there to quiz you until you can easily recognize it.
Leaves of three, let it be! Shiny and round. It helps if you have someone there to quiz you until you can easily recognize it.

Arrowhead is a bit hot in the summer, but there’s a little shade to squeeze a blanket under. Someday those trees will be bigger and this park will come into its own.

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Tandy Turn park – Tandy Turn and Sharon Way

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https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tandy+Turn+City+Park,+Eugene,+OR+97401/@44.0737652,-123.0746152,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!1m2!2m1!1standy+turn+park+eugene!3m1!1s0x54c0e202f1e18df5:0x8eeac323283dd3b7

This is a special little park for me.  I used to ride my bike past this park almost everyday.  I would use this nifty little path from Lariat drive.

secret pathway!
secret pathway!
walk and bike right through to Oakway.
walk and bike right through to Oakway.

I used to make daisy chains in the fields in the spring.

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It’s a shady, secluded, fenced in park. (Fenced in on three sides, so no escaping kids!  Hopefully).
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Getting there is nice and centrally located in Eugene, just off Coburg.  I like to park on Sharon way, since there are sidewalks.  You can park on Tandy Turn as well, but I feel uncomfortable parking practically in people’s yard.

View to Sharon way
View to Sharon way
View to Tandy Turn
View to Tandy Turn

The park has water fountains, trash cans, and garbage, but no bathrooms.  It also has some neat little paved paths that are perfect for scooting around on a balance bike or tricycle.

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It has a very simple array of play structures and standard set of 2 baby swings and two regular swings. Two bouncers, one with 4 seats, and one with 2 seats that looks like a motorcycle!  And a metal merry-go-round.

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The red structure is kind of a neat bird-cage shaped climbing structure.  We like to pretend that the slide is a bakery.

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It has been a sand park as long as I remember, but the Eugene Parks district is currently changing a lot of sand parks to bark chips because it is safer to fall on.  This already happened at Washington park, and is currently happening here too.  In fact, this park was closed yesterday! (Aug. 19th, 2015).  So, I’ll try to update when I know for sure it’s open again.
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There’s also a super old looking hopscotch tile.  I didn’t even notice this one until recently.

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All, in all, I love this park for lazy summer afternoons, the trees keep it all nice and shady.  Monroe Middle School is nearby, and occasionally I’ve shared the park with older kids, but personally I’ve never had any issues with that.  At different times of the day, different parts of the park are shady, so there’s a nice balance.