Bond Measure Projects
Working to Develop Parks, Trails and Natural Areas
In fall 2012, voters approved a bond measure that funds a number of projects aimed at expanding trails; preserving parkland around hillsides, rivers and streams; and conserving energy. Willamalane has made significant progress since the passage of the $20 million measure. Here's what we've been working on.
Adult Activity Center: Willamalane has replaced outdated kitchen equipment and carpeting.
Bob Keefer Center & Les Schwab Sports Park: In 2013, Willamalane built two new synthetic turf sports fields and replaced the turf on Morrisette Field. At the adjacent Kelly Field, crews installed grandstand seating for a dedicated soccer field, field lighting and additional parking. Willamalane also installed two 90-foot-long outdoor bocce ball courts just north of the main entrance. In 2016, Willamalane added a new entry area, parking lot, flag plaza and walking path at the Les Schwab Sports Park at Bob Keefer Center.
Clearwater Park: Willamalane has completed two new trails and installed a disc golf course.
Dorris Ranch: We will add a flush restroom and accessibility improvements near the barn.
Gamebird Park: Willamalane has built a community garden on property owned by Springfield Public Schools on Flamingo Avenue, near Gamebird Park. Veggies are growing now in about 60 plots and eight raised beds.
Island Park: Willamalane upgraded the Charlie Smathers Playground at Island Park in 2016, installing tile surfacing and revamping the sand play area. Seating and walkways were also updated.
Marylhurst Park: Willamalane has developed this half-acre lot at 18th and H streets as a small neighborhood park. Features include swings, a slide and a spinner, bike racks, benches and new sidewalks.
Mill Race Path: Aa 3-mile paved path along the historic Springfield Mill Race, has been completed. It features two trailheads, one at Booth-Kelly off South 5th Street, and one at Jasper Road. The path was a joint project of Willamalane, the city of Springfield, and Springfield Utility Board.
Pacific Park: Willamalane has developed a 3.25-acre private park in the Pacific Park subdivision. This new neighborhood park features separate play areas for older and younger kids, picnic tables, accessible walkways and a basketball court.
Quartz Park: Willamalane worked with Springfield Public Schools on a new park that will also serve as a playground for a future school. The park includes a sandbox, walking trail, basketball court, picnic table and more.
Ruff Park: New additions to Ruff Park include an access driveway from 66th Street, a paved parking lot with accessible parking spaces, an informational kiosk, paved trails, benches, bike racks and additional landscaping.
Splash! at Lively Park: Willamalane has completed upgrades to the mechanical systems at the 24-year-old wave pool to improve energy efficiency, water and air quality, and patron safety.
Thurston Hills Natural Area: Willamalane has built a trailhead and initial trail system at this new 665-acre natural area. The 1.9-mile North Access Trail features a compacted gravel surface. The 1.2-mile Spine Trail continues along the ridgeline to a gravel road at the south end of the property.