Over the summer we surveyed Eugene residents, with the help of Turell Group, to better understand perceptions of our parks and recent maintenance improvements made possible through the levy funding. Of the 1,172 respondents, 1,169 responded to the English version of the survey, and 4 were submitted through the Spanish version.
We found that Eugene loves our parks and they are important to the quality of life of nearly all survey respondents.
Residents continue to express the importance of the levy and notice significant improvements in parks since its passing.
Perceptions of safety, cleanliness and maintenance increased significantly in 2023 over 2022.
Funding parks is extremely or very important to nearly all respondents. For most, the changes made possible by 2018 Levy funds are worth the additional expense. This sentiment increased by 8% this year from last year's 70%.
Respondents’ top three operating priorities for parks are: ongoing park maintenance, cleaning up homeless encampments in public parks and maintaining hiking and biking trails.
As we strive to serve Eugene in the best ways possible, this survey will go a long way in helping us understand the needs and desires of those in our community.
The $3.15 million operating levy funds have already made their mark. The City has hired two full-time park police officers, two park ambassadors, and five maintenance positions to increase the public safety presence in parks and natural areas and provide general maintenance in parks. Staff has opened restrooms and added more clean-up crews. Approximately 4,000 feet of trail in our natural areas have been resurfaced, with more to come - mostly on the Ridgeline Trail!
Added two year-round Eugene Police Officers dedicated to patrolling parks
Added two year-round and two seasonal Park Ambassadors
Expanded Illegal Camp Response Team to provide daily clean-up operations
Increased graffiti removal response from monthly to weekly
Reopened closed restrooms
Visiting more parks daily for increased custodial services during summer
Increased mowing frequency
Added preventative tree maintenance in developed parks
Added preventative maintenance of irrigation, lighting and park furnishings
Added seasonal weekend and after-hours maintenance in high-use parks
Habitat and Natural Area Maintenance
Increased seasonal trash service to several times a week at high use trailheads
Increased trail maintenance to three miles each year
Added preventative maintenance of roads, parking areas, fences, signs and portable restrooms
Continuing vegetation management to reduce fuel loads, manage weeds and add native plants
General Maintenance and Operations Services for Future Assets
As new parks, community centers, pools, turf fields and natural areas are completed with bond funding over the next five years, funding from the levy will provide for their care.