Thank You, Mr. Adams

Willamalane Park and Recreation District has lost a friend.

Former Willamalane board member and booster Robert “Rob” Adams, 67, died last week. Adams served on the Board of Directors from 1987 to 2002.

While Adams was involved in local politics for many years, his real passion was …

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Parks Fill for Movies and Concerts

This summer saw crowds of picnic-bearing, toe-tapping, wide-eyed watching crowds attending a larger-than-ever series of movies and concerts in the park. Over 4,000 people came to enjoy these events.

The Movies in the Park series was a hit among families and groups of friends, as they …

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Having a Ball!

Willamalane Awarded $5,000 in Sports Equipment 

Willamalane Park and Recreation is having a ball, thanks to a $5,000 sports equipment grant from Dr Pepper Snapple. That means 30 Splashing basketballs, 36 Wilson soccer balls, 50 stopwatches, 25 volleyballs and practice jerseys for kids in Willamalane programs.

Willamalane …

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Discover Secret Treasures

CANCELED • Some people can’t resist the hunt. Oregon native Rick Schmitt, also known as “Smitty,” dreamed about being an explorer and working alongside National Geographic when he was a child. He loved to explore the untouched areas of Oregon and used jasper from his …

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Free Fitness Week

Feeling the pull toward good health? Stretch, twist and bend for FREE Jan. 3-9 and start feeling good. Take your choice of free intros to more than 90 classes at Bob Keefer Center or the Adult Activity Center during one special week.

Whatever your fitness style, …

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Your Summer Workout Plan

Between vacations, events and special occasions, summer can wreak havoc with our personal fitness plans. But Willamalane has you covered with round-the-clock opportunities to get your workout in — all at sale prices!

Enjoy the beat in Latin Cardio Fusion, get stronger at Intro to Weight Training, and …

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After-school Sports

Go straight from your school to sports! Willamalane’s After-school Sports clinics helps kids develop a passion for sports, at the convenience of their own school. No classes on No-school Days. Limited to 12 students per school.

No classes are available.

Free Lunches at Parks

Grant Boosts Healthy Eating, Free Lunch Programs at Park Playgrounds

Healthy eating habits and physical activity are on the menu at park playgrounds in Springfield this summer, thanks to grant funding and a partnership between Willamalane Park and Recreation District and FOOD for Lane County.

Willamalane has …

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Site Improvements at Wallace M. Ruff Park to Begin in September

Willamalane Park and Recreation District is preparing to make improvements at Ruff Park, an attraction in the Thurston area of Springfield that is well-known for its magnolia arboretum.

Improvements include an access driveway from 66th Street, a paved parking lot with accessible parking spaces, paved trails, …

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Bob Keefer: Spirit of Springfield

Congratulations to Superintendent Bob Keefer, the 2016 Spirit of Springfield Award Winner! Mayor Christine Lundberg chose Bob for this award because, she said, “his love for Springfield is infectious.” Bob is highly respected in our community for his enthusiastic, energetic leadership of Willamalane and other …

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Now Seeking a Superintendent

Willamalane Park and Recreation District is seeking a new leader to fill the shoes of retiring Superintendent Bob Keefer.

Willamalane this week posted the position description and listed the qualities it is looking for in the new superintendent.

Among them: vision, leadership, inclusiveness, professionalism, energy and work …

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Update on Ice Storm

All parks and facilities are open and operating under normal hours. We are grateful to our Willamalane Parks and Facilities crews, who worked extra hours to clear parks and sidewalks of potential hazards after last week’s ice storm.


8 New Pickleball Courts!

Willamalane celebrated the completion of the first outdoor, public pickleball courts in Springfield during a ribbon cutting on June 24 at Meadow Park.

The event celebrated the partnership between Willamalane Park and Recreation District and the Emerald Valley Pickleball Club. A brief ceremony was held, followed by …

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Oak Restoration Project at Thurston Hills

Willamalane Park and Recreation District and the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council are working in partnership to restore the oak woodland and prairie habitats at Thurston Hills Natural Area. This project is funded through a grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board with technical support …

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Tennis Teacher Lives His Passion

Bob Reed has lived a tennis-filled life. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Reed, Willamalane’s director of tennis, started playing when he was 7 years old. Fifty-one years later, he is still committed to the game he loves.

“I started hitting on the backboard and …

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Get Active After School!

On your marks, get set, get active!

Willamalane is introducing two new opportunities that get young bodies moving in a routine that fits your family’s schedule.

Both Youth Basketball Clinics and the Willamalane Running Club meet directly after school, including on early release days.

Sign up today and get a free T-shirt …

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Take On the Fitness Friday Challenge!

On Fitness Fridays, we post videos with tips to help you stay motivated with your goals and let you know about the many fitness opportunities Willamalane has to offer!

At the end of each video, we issue a selfie challenge for the week. Post your response on …

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Meadow Park Playground Open!

The strings of caution tape are gone! The playground project at Meadow Park is complete, and the park is open!

We have a new playground with play areas for kids ages 2-5 and 5-12, a new picnic shelter, refurbished restrooms, and some cool musical play equipment that we …

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Mill Race Path Opens

Willamalane and TEAM Springfield celebrated the completion of the Mill Race Path on Thursday at the Booth-Kelly trailhead. The project features three miles of paved bicycle and walking path along the historic waterway, plus trailheads at Jasper Road and the Booth-Kelly site on South Fifth …

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Park and Recreation Month

Get ready to get your play on this month with Willamalane and the National Recreation and Park Association.

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. This year, it’s all about discovering the power of play. From learning a new sport …

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Perfect Picks for Movers & Groovers

Does your kiddo love to move and groove? Channel that energy into a class that will build a lifelong love of dancing and tumbling!

There will be a final performance showcase held at Bob Keefer Center on Saturday, August 25 at 5 p.m. for each dance …

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Tap & Taste FAQs

Have questions about Tap & Taste? This FAQ list might have your answer! These questions relate to the 2018 event.

What is Tap & Taste?

It’s a downtown Springfield block party featuring some of our community’s favorite food, drink and music! This year, it is Friday, Aug. …

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Fire Trucks + Copters + Soccer!

FireMed is teaming up with Lane United Football Club. At halftime of Lane United’s PDL home opener on May 16 at Willamalane Center, Eugene Springfield firefighters will drop hundreds of soccer balls from the top of their ladder truck to raise money for FireMed’s program …

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The Fall Colors Photo Contest Begins!

Fall officially begins on Sept. 23, and we’re celebrating with the Fall Colors Photo Contest on Instagram! Here’s how you win:

1. What does fall look like to you? Take a photo of it!

2. Post that photo to Instagram. Make sure you tag us @Willamalane so …

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The Must-Dash Photo Contest!

This contest has concluded. Congratulations to our winner, Mandy Sloan, for her fabulous facial fuzz!


It’s Furry February, and we’re celebrating with the Must-Dash Photo Contest! Share your ‘stache for your chance to win up to 4 entries to the Must-Dash 1K for your friends and family!

Here’s how …

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Show Us Your Go at Willamalane Parks

 With the influx of folks wandering our parks with cell phone in hand, we know that our community is excited about Pokemon Go. We’re excited, too. That’s why we’re opening a new contest on Aug. 2: Show Us Your Go!

It’s easy. Take your phone to …

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Willamalane Wins Safety Honor

Willamalane’s commitment to water safety earned the district national honors last month, when the Starfish Aquatics Institute awarded the district the prestigious Five Star Award.

“Very few aquatic facilities qualify to receive this honor,” said Leslie Donavan, president of SAI.  “It represents a tremendous commitment to …

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Girls Shine Under the Stars

A new outdoor program is providing young girls with an opportunity to sleep under the stars in a non-intimidating introduction to camping.

Appropriately called Girls Night Out (Under the Stars), the overnight camping experience is open to middle school girls, ages 11-14, and will take place …

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Preschool FAQs

Have a question about Willamalane’s preschool program? Read these answers to frequently asked questions!

What is the difference between all your preschool sections?

We offer two different types of preschool programs. Full-time preschool is great for working families who want a quality preschool experience as well as …

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Picture-perfect Fall


Willamalane fall programs are here! This issue of the Park & Recreation Guide is packed full of fun ideas to keep you and your family busy all season long.

It’s back-to-school time, which means it’s time to sign up for Preschool, Kids Club and Early Start. We’ve also got a …

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New Swim Lesson Program

Come summer, swimming is a sport people everywhere enjoy. But here in Springfield — a city surrounded by swift rivers and deep blue lakes — swimming skills take on added importance.

Willamalane is transitioning to a new, nationally accredited swim lesson curriculum that stresses water safety …

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Smart Moves for Smart Phones

These days, we carry powerful technologic devices tucked casually in a pocket or purse. But are you getting the most out of your investment in a new smart phone or tablet? And if you knew everything these devices could do, how could that change your life?

If you …

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8 Dating Tips for Older Crowd

Emotional growth and socialization are hot topics in today’s “healthy aging” world.

While filming “The Age of Love,” his eye-opening documentary on seniors who go speed dating, director Steven Loring spent months observing the ins and outs of the dating scene through the adventures of his 70-and-older …

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Construction begins at Les Schwab Sports Park at Willamalane Center

Willamalane Center visitors: get hyped, because we are beginning construction on a very exciting project.

We’re beginning to build new parking lot, flag plaza, entry gates and some associated park improvements at the Les Schwab Sports Park at Willamalane Center. Most of the work will be …

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Share the Love & Bring a Friend to Fitness!

Sure, a trip to the pool or a visit to a fitness class will get your heart pumping. But there is so much to gain from working out with a friend:

Accountability. You’re more likely to work out regularly if you’re scheduling ahead with a buddy.

Motivation. …

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Tap & Taste is Back for Seconds

Tap & Taste, Springfield’s premiere food and drink celebration, is back for a second year to tickle your taste buds and quench your thirst. Featuring some of the community’s favorite restaurants, breweries and live musicians, Tap & Taste will again take place at 5th and …

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First Trails Open at 665-acre Thurston Hills Natural Area

With 665 acres of natural area to enjoy, it’s easy to dream big about what the future holds for Thurston Hills Natural Area. Our first big achievement? Several miles of trails complete with a trailhead.

The Trails

The newest trails begin at the new trailhead at 7575 …

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De-stress with Acupressure

Busy days packed with emails, meetings, discomforts and ever-increasing demands can put your body in defense mode. Stress chemicals accumulate, affecting your mood, digestion, memory, sleep and even your waistline.

That’s why it’s important to learn ways to reduce stress before it impacts your health. When pain becomes a …

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