Bond Measure Projects

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.

Patio arbor with flowers at Adult Activity Center

Adult Activity Center

Willamalane has replaced outdated kitchen equipment and carpeting.

Bob Keefer Center for Sports and Recreation

Bob Keefer Center & Les Schwab Sports Park

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.

Clearwater Park River

Clearwater Park

Willamalane has completed two new trails and installed a disc golf course.

Close-up view of an orchard at Dorris Ranch

Dorris Ranch

Add a flush restroom and accessibility improvements near the barn.

A woman doing gardening at Gamebird park

Gamebird Park

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.

A father and his young son fishing at Island Park

Island Park

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.

marylhurst park springfield oregon slide swing spinner

Marylhurst Park

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.

View downstream of the Mill Race waterway

Mill Race Path

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.

Pacific Park playground construction

Pacific Park

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.

kids playing on a play structure

Quartz Park

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.

Flowers blooming at Ruff Park

Ruff Park

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. 

Swimming pool with kids in innertubes

Splash! at Lively Park

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.

Thurston Hills Natural Area view

Thurston Hills Natural Area

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