Willamalane Presents a ‘Simpsons’ Springfield SummerFair

The “real” Springfield is embracing its role as the fictional home of “The Simpsons” by giving the show a leading role in Springfield SummerFair this year.

Willamalane Park and Recreation District’s Springfield SummerFair, presented by Dari Mart, returns to Island Park on July 10-11 with a …

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Taking Pride in His Roots

As horticultural program manager, Damon Crume cares for all of Willamalane’s parks, ball fields and orchards.

But he’ll admit to having a couple of favorites.

Crume especially enjoys Dorris Ranch, for its history, and he also is fond of the red maple trees at Thurston Park.

Crume, who …

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Springs Shows: Peeps Pops!

We’re so excited for MEGGA Hunt! Springs the squirrel wants to get crafty to celebrate springtime, so we have a series of posts coming up of fun springtime activities you can try.

First, let Springs show you how to make some tasty Peeps Pops. …

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New Superintendent Named

The Willamalane Park and Recreation Board of Directors has chosen Vincent Martorello to be the next superintendent.

Martorello, one of five candidates vying for the position, is the current planning and facilities operations director and started with the district in 2013.

The board offered the position to Martorello on …

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How You Play: Survey Results

The community’s already high satisfaction rating of Willamalane Park and Recreation District continues to improve, according to a recent study commissioned by the district.

That’s good news for Willamalane, but the organization is intent on using survey data to set the bar even higher to meet …

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Personal Growth for All Life’s Stages

What do you want to be when you grow up? Willamalane’s Personal Growth classes will help you explore your next steps.

Create a Designer Life

Ages 50+. Instructor Trish Mackey is a counselor and spiritual adviser who has been actively supporting the Meet and Greet program. She …

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Discover After-school Opportunities for Kids!

Want to end the school day in a wonderful way? Willamalane offers a variety of ways to  continue learning and playing after the bell rings!

STEM FUNdamentals with LEGO

Power on your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts …

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Instructor Highlight: Cindy O’Brien

Cindy O’Brien knows that it’s not easy to receive an Osteoporosis diagnosis. When she received her diagnosis, it changed her life, and she decided to become her own success story.

“I got into teaching fitness to adults 50 and older because I found out that I …

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Save with the Drop-in Play Pass!

Too busy to register for a full session of early childhood classes? Drop in for only $8 per class. Or, get the Drop-in Play Pass, only $52 for an eight-class pass. Offer does not apply to martial arts or Bricks 4 Kidz.

A Chance to Live History

This is history beyond your wildest imagination: A series of classes for kids at Dorris Ranch presented by a costumed historical interpreter, with the kids themselves doing the cooking, crafting and gathering of food.

In Cooking on the Oregon Trail, June 16, kids will make their own …

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A Vision for Thurston Hills

Willamalane Asks Community for Input on Natural Area

Willamalane Park and Recreation District is holding a public meeting later this month to gauge opinion on the use of hundreds of acres of natural area set aside for public use in the Thurston Hills area of Springfield.

The …

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Springs Shows: Bunny Ears!

MEGGA Hunt is only a few days away! Springs the squirrel just can’t wait, so he’s getting in the spirit early with this Bunny Ears tutorial.

First, gather your supplies. You need some colorful card stock or construction paper, …

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Celebrate Oregon’s Remarkable Women

Celebrate the remarkable women of Oregon and the American West with three events in October!

For more than 60 years, the League of Women Voters of Lane County has encouraged an informed and active citizenry. Speakers from the League will be here to discuss the pros …

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Jump Start Your Fitness Routine

There are so many reasons people choose to enjoy a group fitness class. Some go for the motivation; it’s easier to keep coming in when you aren’t alone in building a sweat. Others like the structure; a scheduled weekly class is easy to drop in …

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Athletics Positions Open

Willamalane is seeking athletic official assigners for our middle school sports basketball program that operates from November through April. We are seeking quality officials for over 140 basketball games for the 2017-18 school year.

Willamalane’s continued partnership with Springfield Public Schools has kept after-school sports programs …

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Martial Arts Classes Promote Strong Muscles and Strong Character

Martial arts classes  offer a multitude of benefits, from physical ones like strength and endurance, to mental and emotional benefits like confidence and self-discipline. That’s why Willamalane partners with local martial arts studios to offer taekwondo and jiu jitsu classes for all ages.

May’s Martial Arts

May’s …

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Kelly Field is Open for Play

We’re pleased to announce that the Mike Kelly Field at Les Schwab Sports Park is re-opened with brand-new synthetic turf! In addition to soccer field striping, this field is improved with football striping which adds new capabilities for football games in the district.

The previous synthetic …

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Easier Registration Coming Soon

Willamalane is transitioning to a new, mobile-friendly online registration system. The new system makes registering for programs as easy as a click and a link!

Registration for winter term begins soon, but you can be ahead of the game by creating your new account now.

Click here to …

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Springfield SummerFair • Español

Feria de Verano en Springfield

Auspiciada por Dari Mart

Presentando a los Daddies, Stone in Love y la película “The Simpsons Movie”


The Daddies, Island Park, 8-9:30 pm

¡Una fiesta amenizada con la música de los Daddies!

Estreno de Stone in Love, Island Park, 6-7:30 pm

Entrada al …

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Find Treasure at Dorris Ranch

This November, we’ve prepared a special activity for visitors to Dorris Ranch: a series of 10 geocaches for you to track down!

Geocaching is a global treasure-hunting game where small containers of prizes are hidden in public places. Participants receive a set of clues and coordinates, then …

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Springs Shows: Paper Flowers!

MEGGA Hunt is almost here! Springs is celebrating spring by making paper flowers. These are a lot like paper snowflakes, but more colorful!

First, gather your supplies. You need colorful paper, a pencil, scissors, tape and yarn or string. …

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Grace on the Court

A Quirky Sport Called Pickleball Improves Health, Confidence

Jean Walker has a tough time holding a coffee cup steadily. Manual stability can be difficult for people like Jean who have Parkinson’s disease. The disorder affects the central nervous system, which can interfere with movement and cause tremors.

But …

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Ruff Park Bursts into Bloom

Thousands of magnolia buds are blooming on hundreds of trees at Willamalane Park and Recreation District’s Wallace M. Ruff Jr. Memorial Park in Springfield.

Deciduous magnolias bear huge, pale or bright pink blooms on gray, leafless limbs. This grand but short-lived show is a popular attraction …

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Restoring Oaks at Dorris Ranch

Some Trails Temporarily Closed

At a park known for its iconic filbert trees, conservation efforts are turning to the wide expanse of native Oregon white oaks. Willamalane and the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council are working to restore oak habitat on the 21 acres of Dorris Ranch …

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Give From the Heart to Your Community Center


As the population ages, more and more people are turning to the Willamalane Adult Activity Center for support. In fact, approximately 350 patrons visit the center each day with an annual visitation of 100,000. Our goal is to foster powerful connections between older adults and …

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Dorris Ranch Dirt Dash: The 2018 Results

Our first-ever Dorris Ranch Dirt Dash is in the books, and we had a great time! We welcomed 24 participants this year, including 15 who were a part of our Willamalane Youth Cross Country team. We are looking forward to holding this event again next …

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Circle Swimming Eases Lane Traffic

Traffic jams at the pool? Yes, Willamalane Park Swim Center and Splash! at Lively Park are sometimes so busy that it’s hard for swimmers to enjoy their workouts.

To help ease the flow for swimmers, Willamalane uses a process called circle swimming.

In circle swimming:

Several swimmers (as …

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Hot Spots to Cool Off

Does this week’s heat wave have you sweating and fretting? Never fear; you can trust Willamalane to keep it cool.

Start off with a relaxing place to sit and chill. Willamalane Adult Activity Center and Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation both offer spacious, air-conditioned lobbies when …

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Fun and Games at the Adult Activity Center

With opportunities to spend time with friends playing games every day, Willamalane Adult Activity Center is a great place to play!

Our Card and Game Passes are good for 20 games — that is, hours of fun — at $5 apiece. Every week, we play: …

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Join Us to Fight the Blight

Willamalane Park and Recreation District is raising funds to replant trees affected by the spread of a fungal infection in the orchards where Oregon’s hazelnut industry was born.

George Dorris started the nation’s first commercial filbert farm on his acreage south of Springfield in 1903. The …

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Willamalane Wins Gold

District Receives National Honor for Parks and Recreation Excellence

Willamalane Park and Recreation District received the 2016 National Gold Medal award on Thursday, designating it as the top park agency in the country for communities of similar size. The prestigious award was presented by the National …

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Deputy Superintendent Named

Citing his leadership and strategic thinking, Superintendent Vincent Martorello has promoted Michael Wargo to deputy superintendent of Willamalane Park and Recreation District.

Wargo, who joined the district in 2016, previously served as assistant superintendent of recreation, strategic planning and resource development.

As deputy superintendent, Wargo’s job responsibilities …

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‘App-y’ Trails!

Amplify your outdoor adventures with these handy mobile apps.


Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder will guide you to nearby public lands.

National Parks by Chimani contains details on 400+ units managed by the National Park Service.


Moves is a pedometer app that tracks your every step, along with other physical …

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Willamalane Names Michael Wargo as Superintendent

Willamalane Park and Recreation Board of Directors has appointed Michael Wargo to the position of Superintendent for the district. Wargo will assume this role immediately, overseeing facility and program operations, staffing and strategic planning for more than 400 programs.

Wargo, who joined the district in 2016, previously …

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Cyber Monday Special: 50% Off 10 Visit Passes

The 2018 Cyber Monday deal has ended.

Still want to try a fitness pass? See all our options here.

Now is the perfect time to sample our many group exercise and aquatic fitness classes. This Cyber Monday, we’re offering a special deal:

Purchase our 10 Visit Passes on …

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Register Now for Winter Term

Now, registering for Willamalane classes and programs is as easy as a click and a link!

We’re now taking registrations for winter term. Browse for hundreds of new activities online, log in and register — knowing your information is safe and secure.

Sign In Now

If you haven’t used …

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Be Like Bart!

With Springfield SummerFair coming July 10-11, you’re probably wondering how to get in “The Simpsons” spirit. We suggest you look the part. Yes, we’re looking for contestants in a “Simpsons” costume contest!

Think yellow skin, big eyes and a look that oozes character. Contestants will vie …

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New Polish on Magnolia Gem

After a couple weeks of construction, we have successfully completed improvements at Ruff Park! This special area is an attraction in the Thurston area of Springfield that is well-known for its magnolia arboretum.

New additions to the park include an access driveway from 66th Street, a paved …

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War Story: Classes Help Vet Emerge from Depression

Susan Skalbeck was struggling. She had just returned from Afghanistan after many years of service as a Navy cook, only to be confronted with depression, anxiety and rapid weight gain. “I had PTSD and didn’t even know it.” she said. “I knew I had to …

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The Japanese Art of Notan

Used as a term to describe a “dark-light” element of design, the art of Japanese Notan is an illustration of the interaction of positive and negative space — how one cannot exist without the other. Like the yin-yang symbol, it represents a balance of black …

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