Though originally shut down after high instances of crime, University Park remains a classic spot for recreation. This small park features a basketball court, picnic tables, playground and a field large enough for Frisbee or football. Once called West University Park, the name changed when the original park was moved to a location with better visibility.
About a mile north of West University lies Skinner Butte Park, one of the more frequented spots of the city. Called the “birthplace of Eugene,” this park supplies a large playground for the kids, walking and biking trails, a community garden and encourages rock climbing and hiking for the more athletic. Dogs must remain on leash. As one of the nicest parks in Eugene, patrons sometimes come to just sit and enjoy the natural beauty. This park even hosts concerts.
Alton Baker Dog Park allows your dogs to run free off-leash. Let your dogs run between two large enclosed areas with kiddie pools and grass. Owners should clean up after their pets,
but rock walkways provide patrons with wheelchair
accessible paths free of animal waste. This park lies within the Alton Baker Park, which provides patrons with BMX, walking and cycling trails, scenic areas, disc golf course and open fields for game play. Children come for the Eugene Children's Science Museum, also located in the park, which features a planetarium, computer lab and rotating exhibits.