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!

For kids with more upper body strength, you can be a monkey on this twirling hanging bars.IMG_1571

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!

 

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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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.

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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.

Sladden Park – Cheshire Ave.

Sladden park is nestled right between the Willamette, I-105, and the railroad.  If you want to park by the playground, you’ll actually want to go down Adams. Here is a map.

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This park has plentiful shade.  It has many very tall pine trees, reminiscent of Emerald park.  A lot of the trees have little seed pouches and things falling off them, that some of the kids complained had gotten stuff in their feet.  It’s a sandy park that’s a bit overgrown, so maybe not the best if your kids loves being barefoot.  But very pretty, just the same.

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The play area stayed pretty shady, in fact, with the wind it was almost a bit chilly.

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2 baby swings and 2 kid swings, side by side

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An old wading pool made a fun place for the kids to run around.  Hopefully they’ll rehabilitate it someday and turn it into a little water fun park.

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The bathrooms looked nice from what we could see, but unfortunately they are closed ’til October!
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Lots of field space to explore, picnic areas, and even frisbee golf!

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Very sweet little park, I just love trees.  I wish they would weed the sand area, if they did that, it would be much better.