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.

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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”

VIERNES, 10 DE JULIO

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.

Explore

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.

Exercise

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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Dorris Ranch: for Weddings!

Venue Named Among Best in Oregon

With 300 acres of scenic filbert orchards and parkland, Dorris Ranch in Springfield is one romantic setting for weddings.

Brides and grooms can choose from two locations that pile on the charm: the turn-of-the-century Tomseth House and the rustic barn.

The park …

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Living History Village: How You Can Help

We have some sad news from the Dorris Ranch Living History Village. On Monday, March 26, we discovered that two of our cabins were broken into and many of our interpretive materials were taken. The thieves took almost everything. Our butter churn to our dutch ovens, antique …

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Special Deals for Veterans in November

In observance of Veteran’s Day, Willamalane Park and Recreation District will provide discounts for all active duty and former military members at all of its facilities throughout the month of November.

Discounts include:

50% off registration for classes and programs that occur in November, including Turkey Stuffer …

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Pacific Park Opens

A beautiful public park with expansive playground equipment, a full basketball court, benches and places to run free is blossoming in a neighborhood that has greatly needed an updated space for recreation.

Pacific Park, located on Shadylane Drive near Pioneer Parkway and Harlow Road, opened in …

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SummerFair Filbert Hunt Day 1

Today’s clue: A resting place for some the city’s founders and a nice spot for a squirrel to take a nap.

#SpringfieldSummerFair #FilbertHunt

See full details on the Filbert Hunt

Congratulations to Filbert hunters Liliana and Matt! The squirrel was found in Pioneer Memorial Cemetery Park. Check back tomorrow …

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Willamalane Gift Cards

Holiday shopping? Willamalane has a way for those looking to give rich experiences rather than expensive gifts. 

Give a break from the dreary weather with swim lessons or a play day at Splash! at Lively Park, where it’s summer year-round.

Give creative inspiration with art classes like …

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A Convenient, Athletic Summer Solution

Sports camps are the highlight of a young athlete’s summer, but scheduling can be difficult for parents who need full-day care. Willamalane and Northwest Christian University have partnered to create a convenient care solution with Sports Development Day Camps, which is equal parts sports camp …

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Spooky Sights Coming to Springfield

Need ideas for a spooktacular Halloween season? We’ve got your back with a fresh series of classes and events to give you goosebumps:

-Celebrate the Day of the Dead at Dia de los Dollies on Oct. 19.

-Hungry for braaaiiiiins? Learn to zombify yourself at Special FX Makeup: Zombies! on Oct. …

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Committee Post Open

Volunteer Needed for Citizen Planning Committee

Two volunteers from Springfield are needed to serve on a citizen planning committee that helps monitor the long-range plan for the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park, a 237-acre urban greenway connecting Eugene and Springfield.

Willamalane Park and Recreation District manages …

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New Disc Golf Course

After a three-month trial period, Willamalane has made the new disc golf course in Clearwater Park a permanent amenity. The 12-acre, nine hole layout is the first disc golf course in Springfield.

While there are nearby disc golf courses in Eugene and surrounding communities, Willamalane felt …

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Meet Me at the Park: Help Willamalane Win $20K!

Springfield, let’s rally: With your help, we have the opportunity to win a $20,000 to improve a local park.

The National Recreation and Park Association is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to fund local park improvement projects across the country in this national “Meet Me …

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Celebrating 75 Years

We’re celebrating our 75th birthday with a full year of special events and activities! Learn how you can join the party.

Archery Range to Close

After a five-month trial run, the archery range at Clearwater Park will close on Friday, Dec. 12, according to Willamalane Park and Recreation District. Although usage met expectations, the district based its decision on safety, the buffer zone to adjoining property and adherence to rules.

Specific issues …

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SummerFair Filbert Hunt Day 2

Today’s clue: Ha ha ha! Squirrel hysteria in the wisteria at this city landmark.

Jean Sierakowski found the squirrel at Millrace Park! Congratulations, Jean!

Exercise Essentials: No More Excuses

It’s cold outside. 

I don’t have time. 

It’s such a bother to put on my swimming suit.  

We all make excuses for why we can’t play, exercise or enjoy nature during the winter.  Here in Springfield we have fewer excuses. We may not control the …

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Park and Trail Construction Picking up for Season

Work Underway at Mill Race Path, Island Park, Meadow Park and Thurston Hills Natural Area

Although the rainy season limits construction time, Willamalane’s planning department has been hard at work collecting community input and designing and planning park upgrades. Over the next few months, we’ll see …

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