Neighbors create new nature trail through forest at Hawkins Heights Park

Neighbors work on Hawkins Heights Park (Photo courtesy City of Eugene Parks and Open Spaces Division)

EUGENE, Ore. -- With seed money and a passion for their local park, neighbors are coming together to create a nature trail in their backyard.

The new smooth surface trail through the forest at Hawkins Heights Park adds a unique feature for visitors to enjoy and helps more neighbors access the much-loved park, Eugene Parks and Open Space officials said.

The vision for the new trail began when the Churchill Area Neighborhood Association teamed up with the City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Division to explore what was possible for the site. This ultimately led to the neighborhood association successfully securing a Neighborhood Matching Grant from the City of Eugene to fund a good portion of bringing their vision to reality.

Parks staff prepped the site and worked on alignment and grant funding brought the restoration help of Oregon Woods to the project.

Next, the Eugene Outdoors parks volunteer program supported the neighborhood association and the Obsidians outdoor club as they rolled up their sleeves to lay the surfacing of the trail.

To celebrate the completion of this team effort and officially open the trail, Mayor Lucy Vinis will help dedicate the addition and gather with neighbors and volunteers on Thursday, October 12, from 3:30-5 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

The Neighborhood Matching Grants program was established by City Council in 2000 with the purpose of encouraging residents in Eugene to work collaboratively to identify and actively participate in making improvements to their neighborhoods, parks officials said.

The City of Eugene Neighborhood Matching Grant program is currently accepting applications for 2018 now through October 31. For more information visit

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