Address: 1161 66th St.
- 10 acres
- Magnolia arboretum
- Natural area
- Open play area
Volunteer at Ruff Park! Call our volunteer coordinator at 541-736-4039 or check for an upcoming work party at our volunteer website.
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Who was Wallace M. Ruff Jr.?
Wallace M. Ruff Jr. Memorial Park is a tribute to a young man’s love for nature, and his father’s love for him. In the mid-1970s, Wallace “Wally” Ruff Jr. bought the land and paid for it using flowers he grew on the land. He went on to study landscape design at the University of Oregon and became a landscape contractor.
In 1989, 35-year-old Wally went on a tragic vacation that ended in his death. His father, Wallace “Mack” Ruff Sr., donated Wally's land to Willamalane to develop into a 9.7-acre magnolia arboretum. As the park took shape, tragedy befell the family again: In 1999, Mack also died. Even then, the dream continued. Family, friends, and neighbors gathered as the Friends of Ruff Park to plant, weed, and care for the park's 400 magnolia trees. The group is still active, holding maintenance work parties throughout the year.
Call Willamalane's volunteer coordinator at 541-736-4039 to join Friends of Ruff Park in a Saturday work party. Supporters can also donate toward the continuing development of Ruff Park through Willamalane Park Foundation.