Working to Develop New Parks, Trails and Natural Areas
In fall 2012, voters approved a bond measure that funds a number of projects aimed at expanding trails; preserving parkland around hillsides, rivers and streams; and conserving energy. Willamalane has made significant progress since the passage of the $20 million measure.
Work is actively being done at Thurston Hills Natural Area, Les Schwab Sports Park, Island Park and Dorris Ranch. See below for more details.
The Trust for Public Land
Willamalane has worked with the nonprofit organization The Trust for Public Land on a variety of bond projects. TPL works throughout the United States to assist communities with efforts to conserve land for people as parks and natural areas.
Willamalane has replaced outdated kitchen equipment and carpeting.
In 2013, Willamalane built two new synthetic turf sports fields and replaced the turf on Morrisette Field. At the adjacent Kelly Field, crews installed grandstand seating for a dedicated soccer field, field lighting and additional parking. Willamalane also installed two 90-foot-long outdoor bocce ball courts just north of the main entrance. In 2016, Willamalane added a new entry area, parking lot, flag plaza and walking path at the Les Schwab Sports Park at Bob Keefer Center.
Willamalane has completed two new trails and installed a disc golf course.
Add a flush restroom and accessibility improvements near the barn.
Willamalane has built a community garden on property owned by Springfield Public Schools on Flamingo Avenue, near Gamebird Park. Veggies are growing now in about 60 plots and eight raised beds.
Willamalane upgraded the Charlie Smathers Playground at Island Park in 2016, installing tile surfacing and revamping the sand play area. Seating and walkways were also updated.
Willamalane has developed this half-acre lot at 18th and H streets as a small neighborhood park. Features include swings, a slide and a spinner, bike racks, benches and new sidewalks.
Mill Race Path, a 3-mile paved path along the historic Springfield Mill Race, has been completed. It features two trailheads, one at Booth-Kelly off South 5th Street, and one at Jasper Road. The path was a joint project of Willamalane, the city of Springfield, Springfield Utility Board and Springfield Utility Board.
Willamalane has developed a 3.25-acre private park in the Pacific Park subdivision. This new neighborhood park features separate play areas for older and younger kids, picnic tables, accessible walkways and a basketball court.
Willamalane worked with Springfield Public Schools on a new park that will also serve as a playground for a future school. The park includes a sandbox, walking trail, basketball court, picnic table and more.
New additions to Ruff Park include an access driveway from 66th Street, a paved parking lot with accessible parking spaces, an informational kiosk, paved trails, benches, bike racks and additional landscaping.
Willamalane has completed upgrades to the mechanical systems at the 24-year-old wave pool to improve energy efficiency, water and air quality, and patron safety.
Willamalane has built a trailhead and initial trail system at this new 665-acre natural area. The 1.9-mile North Access Trail features a compacted gravel surface. The 1.2-mile Spine Trail continues along the ridgeline to a gravel road at the south end of the property. Learn more