Between the streets 22nd and 34th, stretching from Amazon Pkwy. to Hilyard Street lies one of my favorite parts about the Amazon Neighborhood: Amazon Park. It may not be the prettiest park, but the options of things to do are endless– especially with 90 acres of natural land. I think that having a community park is an excellent use of spending for the city. It provides an outlet for exercise, a healthy lifestyle, outdoor use, and fun. Outdoors have always been important to Eugene, and the idea of living a healthy lifestyle is found right in the middle of the Amazon Neighborhood.
No matter what the weather is like, locals are always using the park. There is a whole section for a dog park, where locals can come walk their dogs and have their pets get out their energy with other dogs as well. Also, there is a skate park for skateboarders that “bmx” bikers have been known to use, too. In the summer season especially, there is the Amazon Pool that is open to community members. There are athletic facilities such as lighted softball fields and also volleyball sand pits. There are running and walking trails all throughout the park. There are tables to have a picnic and also playgrounds for families to bring their kids.
Two interesting features to Amazon Park are that it contains a preserved wetland and an ash grove. The high school club, South Eugene Environmental Club, was granted the right to name the two features of the park with Native American names. The wetland is called “Gawa-Ni”, meaning “Place where you walk through wetlands.” The ash grove is called “Ma-Lik”, meaning “ash grove.” Amazon creek runs through the middle of the park as well.
I’ve always believed that parks are a great way to involve the community. I love Oregon in general because it’s Parks and Recreation services are important. With so many parks being provided, it preserves a lot of nature and beautiful land rather than turning the land into housing or businesses.