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Alton Baker Park, Eugene, OR Recreation + nature + education History:

• Similar length to the SE corridor • Eugene has very similar population size to Santa Rosa (154,620 in 2008) • With the exception of University Students, not near major population density centers • Combines developed with natural park elements • Major educational uses • Bicycle and pedestrian trails part of broader trail/greenway network • A major recreational water feature, the canoe canal, is manmade • Despite the fact that Eugene is a major bike and pedestrian city, the ample parking lots are still heavily used, and seem to be a prerequisite of park success

Differences

• The park is relatively close to downtwon • Alton Baker park is much wider than the SE corridor, leaving much more space for different features.

Eugene’s largest developed city park (~1/3 of area) • West Alton Baker Park Development Plan (2004)

Whilamut Natural Area (~2/3 of area) • East Alton-Baker Park Plan (1996) • Whilamut Natural Area Restoration & Management Plan (2005)

Educational Features

Nearby Nature (nonprofit)

Nature walks and education for kids and many natureoriented events, workshops, & camps throughout year

Network Charter School

Part of handson style charter school. Math and science taught in an onsite yurt.

The Science Factory

Children’s science museum

Big-box retail

Football stadium

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• Alton Baker Park was created during the 1950s when Eugene decided it needed a large public park. • Eugene was fortunate to have major agricultural lands near the Willammette River, and so used these undeveloped lands • Part of the Whilamut Natural Area is built over an old gravel quarry and landfill • Designed by Howard Buford of Oregon State University

West Alton-Baker Park:

Downtown Eugene

Developed Features Bike/ped paths Peter DiFazio bike/ped bridge Cuthbert amphitheater

University of Oregon

Natural Features Community gardens Manmade Canoe Canal

Tree & butterfly gardens Parking lots

Riparian, meadow, and forested habitats 35 animal species 117 bird species 12 reptile species 9 amphibean species

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fish species butterfly species tree and shrub species species of mushroom species of wildflowers, grasses, & ferns

Scale model of the solar system Speaking stones

commemorate and honor native Kalapuya cultural history in the park

Erin Machell CP243, College of Environmental Design, Berkeley, CA, Fall 2010

Precedent Analysis

Profile for Southeast Greenway Campaign

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