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Willamalane strives to meet current park and recreation demands while planning for the needs of future generations.
In October 2012, Willamalane completed its 20-year Comprehensive Plan for parks and recreation.
Willamalane's Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2004. In the past eight years, Willamalane has worked to implement the plan's strategies and actions. Highlights of these efforts include:
• Renovation of the EWEB bike path
• A large playground, picnic area and dog park at Lively Park
• A new community recreation center (Willamalane Center) to replace the Memorial Building
• Three new neighborhood parks (Rob Adams, Jasper Meadows and Volunteer)
• A sports park with artificial turf soccer fields
• A new playground at Willamalane Park,
• A new walking and bicycle path along the Middle Fork of the Willamette River (under construction)
Since 2004, the Springfield area has experienced significant changes, and Willamalane is updating its Comprehensive Plan to better meet the needs and desires of the community. The first step was to identify these needs and generate priorities within the district.
The Community Needs Assessment identifies what the community needs and wants in terms of parks, natural areas, recreation facilities and programs. The report synthesizes the results of:
• Community involvement activities
• Park and facility analysis
• Recreation services analysis
• Management and operations analysis.
Community involvement activities resulted in more than 2,000 participants in the Community Needs Assessment. Community members provided input through the following methods and events:
• Springfield SummerFair: 316 participants completed a questionnaire and more than 600 children voted for their favorite activity at the two-day festival.
• Community survey: 1,060 participants completed online and printed surveys.
• Spanish-language community survey: 31 participants completed a Spanish-language version of our online and printed survey.
• Teen workshops: 77 participants from Springfield and Thurston High Schools participated in three workshops and completed our community survey.
The Community Needs Assessment is listed in the Plan Appendices.
Development of Strategies and Actions were a major milestone in the Park and Recreation Comprehensive Plan process. The Draft Strategies and Actions were developed based primarily on the findings of the Community Needs Assessment. Since that time, staff has met with and received input from our agency partners, City of Springfield, Lane County and Springfield Public Schools, and made presentations to their elected and appointed leaders.
Staff has updated the strategies and actions from the 2004 Park and Recreation Comprehensive Plan by:
• Removing projects (mainly those that have been completed since 2004)
• Adding projects (primarily based on the Community Needs Assessment findings, but also from city refinement plans, district site master plans and new opportunities)
• Revising projects (from a variety of input)
Care has also been taken to geographically balance proposed actions across the planning area as much as possible, focusing on underserved areas as identified in the Community Needs Assessment.
The Draft Capital Improvement Plan consists of prioritized capital projects, cost estimates and revenue projections for the next 20 years, and is meant to provide direction on the implementation of the Park and Recreation Comprehensive Plan. Once the Draft Strategies and Actions were updated, staff began work on developing the Capital Improvement Plan, which mainly consisted of (1) project prioritization, (2) development of cost estimates, and (3) revenue projections.
(1) Project prioritization was based on the findings of the Community Needs Assessment, and to a lesser extent staff and outside agency input. Care was taken to geographically balance proposed actions across the planning area, and make sure to include a variety of different types of projects in both phases of the CIP.
(2) Development of cost estimates included gathering cost data for park acquisition and development projects from comparable communities and from recent Willamalane projects. For acquisition costs specifically, staff compared real estate data from the city of Eugene, Lane Council of Governments and Trust for Public land, as well as the Regional Land Information Database. We developed a master list of park and recreation costs and then developed unit costs where feasible. Often, in developing specific project costs, unit costs were altered due to a project's unique circumstances, but unit costs were still used as the baseline for comparison purposes.
(3) Revenue projections were developed based on Willamalane's current and projected revenue. Current revenue includes the B&C Fund and SDC Fund. Revenue projections for these funds are consistent with those in the adopted five-year Capital Improvements Program (FY 2013-2017). Additional assumptions were made regarding additional grants and donations and two general obligation bonds.
On June 14, 2012, Willamalane held an open house for the public to review the work to date on the Park and Recreation Comprehensive Plan. Approximately 100 people attended, and 64 questionnaires were completed. It was a great event!
The Willamalane Board of Directors reviewed the Draft Park and Recreation Comprehensive Plan on July 25, 2012. Staff received additional input from project partners the city of Springfield and Lane County in September 2012 and made final changes to the plan.
The Willamalane Board of Directors adopted the Park and Recreation Comprehensive Plan on Oct. 10, 2012. Thanks go out to everyone who participated in the planning process, for their input and guidance over the past two years of plan development; and for helping craft a plan that represents our community and will guide us as we implement our vision for parks, natural areas and recreation services over the next 20 years.
Willamalane staff members are working with city of Springfield and Lane County to have the 20-year plan adopted as a Refinement Plan to the Eugene-Springfield Metro Area General Plan in 2013.
On July 16, 2013, the Springfield and Lane County Planning Commissions held a joint work session and public hearing on the Park and Recreation Comprehensive Plan. Both planning commissions unanimously recommended to their elected officials (the Springfield City Council and the Lane County Board of Commissioners) the adoption of the 2012 Plan to replace the 2004 Willamalane Park and Recreation Comprehensive Plan as a Refinement Plan to the Eugene-Springfield Metro Area General Plan. The work session and public hearing will be held Oct. 17, 2013.
Contact Senior Planner Rebecca Gershow for more information
A Guidance Document for Twenty Years
In 2008, the Dorris Ranch Master Plan update was completed by M.I.G. with input from community members and Willamalane staff. The plan reflects the community’s and Willamalane’s vision for the unique resources, facilities and activities found at Dorris Ranch.
In conjunction with the plan update, a Natural Resource Assessment and a Facilities Condition Observation Report were also completed. You will find these two reports as appendices to the Dorris Ranch Master Plan update. All of these are available at the links below.
All documents are in PDF format and will open in a new window.
• Dorris Ranch Land Use Plan (1979)
• Dorris Ranch Management Plan (2005)
DORRIS RANCH MASTER PLAN 2008
Willamalane has completed a Natural Resource Areas Management Plan.
Natural resource areas make up a significant portion of the District's land base. They occur in 18 Willamalane parks and cover nearly 500 acres. We know from survey results and other public input that residents value opportunities for nature-based recreation within their local park system. This plan will help us develop a more comprehensive approach to managing these important assets. It will provide guidance for future management activities and for preparing detailed, site-specific management plans.
Click the links below to view or download sections of the plan.
If you would like more information, please contact Greg Hyde at 541-736-4050 or at email@example.com.
Willamalane is finalizing a master plan for the park.
Comments from public meetings, questionnaires and web surveys, as well as staff feedback, helped guide the development of the draft Master Plan. The Clearwater Park Master Plan is slated to be approved this month.
Please send all feedback to Nicole Ankeney, landscape architect/parks planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-736-4055 by 5pm Tuesday, July 9, 2013.
The master plan will serve as a vision for the park. It will also provide guidance for future decision-making regarding capital expenditures for site improvements, provide the advance planning and information that is typically required for the preparation of grant applications, serve as a guide for potential recreation programming, and it will provide direction for future decision-making regarding site management issues.
Clearwater Park has served as a public park for over 50 years. The park has been maintained and managed by Willamalane since it was transferred to the district in 1990 by Lane County. In recent years, more people have been using the park, especially during the hot summer months, because of its good river access and proximity to the city. The popularity of the park was noted in the 2010 Clearwater Park Management Plan, which highlighted the need for a comprehensive master plan.
Several improvements have been made in recent years. The Mill Race Ecosystem Restoration Project, sponsored by the City of Springfield and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, includes a new inlet and improved access to the Springfield Mill Race, with a paved parking area and habitat restoration. Phase 1 of the Middle Fork Path project, completed in April2011, includes a trailhead at Clearwater Park with an interpretive kiosk, flush restroom, benches and parking lot. In September 2012, a new concrete boat ramp, ready area for launching and tie-down area, expanded parking with a total 46 single-car spaces and 22 boat trailer spaces, and native plantings and bioswales were added. Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) funds helped pay for the project.
Willamalane's System Development Charges, or SDCs, are one-time fees charged to new development to help pay a portion of the costs associated with building new parks and recreation facilities, in order to meet the needs created by growth. Adequate funding for growth-related park and recreation capital improvements is vital to maintaining Willamalane's level of service. In Springfield, park and recreation SDCs are collected for Willamalane by the city of Springfield at the time a building permit is issued on new residential construction.
The Oregon SDC Act requires a "methodology" for showing how SDCs are developed. Willamalane's SDC Methodology was updated in 2006, and park and recreation SDC rates were set based on this analysis. The methodology provides for annual adjustments to the SDC rates, effective at the beginning of each new calendar year.
Take a Look at the SDC Documents
Click on a link below to view the SDC documents. All documents are in PDF format and will open in a new window.