About Eugene Parks Foundation
Since Eugene’s first park was established more than 100 years ago, parks and recreation have become an essential part of how we define our community. Eugene now has more than 130 public parks, 49 playgrounds, 6 community gardens, 50 miles of trails, nearly 3,000 acres of natural areas, and more than 6,000 programs and activities for everyone from the young to the elderly, adventuresome to fun-loving, novice to expert.
Parks and trails complement our neighborhoods and enrich our city. Recreational programs give us the chance to share experiences with our friends and neighbors. Together, these places, events, and experiences form the tapestry of our lives, giving us fond memories, a sense of home, and a comfortable place in the community.
Public open spaces and recreational opportunities are important to all of us. We are fortunate that the keystones of our community park system have been achieved through the hard work and support of previous generations. That legacy and tradition are continued now by the Eugene Parks Foundation. As our city grows and traditional funding sources decline, we need your help.
Meet The Board
Scott Sanders – President
Scott has helped build connections between the business community and Eugene’s recreational possibilities. Raised in the Springfield-Eugene area, he recognizes the beauty and utility of Eugene’s many recreational opportunities.
Art Farley – Past President
Art is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon and past Planning Commissioner for the City of Eugene. He has been active with a variety of local environmental organizations, including Lane County Audubon Society.
Terry Smith – Past President
Terry, now retired, was staff for the Mayor’s Parks & Open Space Committee in 1998. Terry worked for the City of Eugene for over 30 years in numerous senior positions including Deputy Director of Public Works, Director of Library, Recreation & Cultural Services Department, and Assistant City Manager. He is a past Boy Scout leader and coach for high school Nordic ski teams. He has been an active outdoorsman since childhood.
Wes Reynolds is now retired and enjoying gardening with native plants. A native of the Willamette Valley he earned degrees from Stanford, the University of Oregon and Southern Oregon University. For twenty years, he worked as an environmental and land use planner in the public and private sectors with an emphasis on public facilities. After that he taught high school for a few years. His prior governmental service includes serving as an elected Parks Commissioner in Ashland, a member of the City of Ashland Audit and Forest Lands Committees, a member of the Jackson County Natural Resources Committee and on the Cal Young Neighbors board here in Eugene.
Wes and his wife Susan, professor emerita at Southern Oregon University, chose the Cal Young Neighborhood for their retirement, because it is fairly close to the U of O where they met, but not too close. It is a comfortable area for walking their dog Moki who came to them via Greenhill. Wes belongs to several organizations in Eugene including the Eugene Downtown Lions Club (of which he is a past president), U of O Alumni Association, Eugene Astronomical Society, Oregon Track Club and Friends of Trees (for which he has been a crew leader).
Ann is a program coordinator for United Way of Lane County. She has extensive nonprofit experience including The Wetlands Conservancy (Portland, OR), McKenzie River Trust, HIV Alliance, Eugene Symphony and the Denali Education Center (Denali National Park, Alaska). Ann has lived abroad teaching English as a second language in Japan and South Korea. She received her Master of Nonprofit Management from the U of O.
Linda retired from the Springfield School District in 2001 where she taught English and ESL. After retiring, she worked for Pacific University as a student teacher supervisor until 2007. She recently co-chaired the Riverloop Connection project with her husband Steve. She spends her free time traveling, walking, hiking, and enjoying music, dance, and theater.
Since graduating with a B.S. in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Rodney has worked in a variety of recreation settings from ski resorts to state parks, even spending a year working with at-risk youth aboard a historic tall ship. Always admiring the historic and cultural resources tied to parks, he has decided to pursue dual master’s degrees in historic preservation and city planning.