The Eugene Parks Foundation was thrilled to help facilitate the City of Eugene acquiring approximately 200 acres in south Eugene to extend the Ridgeline Trail. The City of Eugene recently purchased 200 acres of land in South Eugene from Arlie & Company to extend the Ridgeline Trail by over two miles. The acquisition will enable the City to extend the existing Ridgeline Trail from Mt. Baldy, located between Dillard Rd. and Spring Blvd., to Lane Community College. The purchase price for the 200 acres was $3 million. City funding for the purchase came from a combination of Park System Development funds and from the 2006 Parks and Open Space bond measure.
The 200 acres along the topographic Ridgeline is part of a 1,200 acre tract owned by Arlie & Company and divides the property, separating Lane Community College to the north from rural land to the south. The land consists of a mix of Douglas fir forest, high quality prairie, and oak habitat. It affords views of Spencer Butte, Mt. Pisgah, and the surrounding lands to the south and east.