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Eugene Parks Closing Restrooms

City of Eugene

Visitors to Eugene's Parks will see taller, browner grass and have fewer places to go to the bathroom. That's because the city's new budget includes a $300,000 reduction in funding for the Parks and Open Space Division.

The new budget takes effect July 1st. Craig Carnegie is Eugene Parks and Open Space Director:

Carnegie: "They'll be an array of service reductions including the reduction in mowing frequencies, the reduction in irrigation, and there will also be the closure of three neighborhood restrooms which are in close proximity to other public restrooms."

Carnegie says the bathroom closures are at Hendricks, Sladden and Sheldon parks. At each of these, there is another restroom within walking distance that will remain open. Other cutbacks include frequency of garbage pickup, litter removal and general maintenance. Two positions that are currently vacant will go unfilled in order to meet the budget reduction. Parks and Open Space has taken about a $2 million cut over the past several years.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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