Volunteers at Parks Bond Site Today, Saturday, 9/30/2006

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Volunteers at Parks Bond Site Today, Saturday, 9/30/2006

Postby Kevin » Sat Sep 30, 2006 3:21 am

NEWS RELEASE

Eugene, Oregon
Saturday, September 30, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wetlands Volunteers at Eugene Parks Bond Site Today, Saturday, September 30, 2006

Dozens of volunteers of all ages are celebrating National Public Lands Day today with maintenance of wildlife habitat along Amazon Creek in West Eugene. This volunteer work, organized by the Willamette Resources and Educational Network (WREN) and partner organizations, will be centered around the location of the West Eugene Wetland Education Center, one of the four important community investments to be funded by the Eugene Parks Bond Measure, City of Eugene Ballot Measure 20-110.

Amazon Creek Public Lands Day Project
9am to noon, Saturday, September 30, 2006
outdoors at the Wetland Project Office
751 South Danebo, Eugene, OR
(just north of West 11th and Danebo, parking available)
Location map: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q ... 011083&t=h

This local Public Lands Day volunteer project is today's example of
the dozens of projects accomplished year in and year out by hundreds
of local citizens contributing to the public spirit of Eugene. As
volunteers in parks, Eugenians invest thousands of hours annually of
their own personal time to help maintain our green open spaces and
outdoor recreational areas.

Today's event is jointly coordinated by several local organizations
including WREN, the Bureau of Land Management, the Sierra Club Many
Rivers Group, Eugene Stream Team, Rachel Carson Center for Natural
Resources, and the West Eugene Wetland Partnership.

The Eugene Parks Now campaign committee asks Eugene voters to
support the investment of these many volunteers by voting for City
of Eugene Ballot Measure 20-110 in this fall election.

The West Eugene Wetlands Environmental Education Center is a
partnership effort with local and federal agencies. $1.75 million
in funding through the Parks Bond Measure will provide accessible
facilities, directly adjacent to the West Eugene Wetlands, for a
dynamic regional center that enriches education opportunities for
local schools and provides classes and lectures for people of all
ages.

Eugene Parks Now! is a broad coalition of community groups, ranging
from Kidsports to conservationists, that have come together to
support the overall $27.5 million parks bond measure in the November
2006 election.

The Parks Now campaign builds on the strong record of Eugene voters
in supporting parks and open space. The 1998 parks bond measure was
passed strongly with two thirds of votes in favor. And recent
polling has shown more support among Eugene voters for parks and
open space funding than for any other funding category.

The bond measure will fund four key objectives for our community.
In addition to supporting the West Eugene Wetlands Education Center,
the community funding will purchase of 13 new neighborhood parks and
two new community parks will help ensure that every neighborhood has
a park within safe walking distance. By purchasing and developing
additional land around Golden Gardens Park, we can create a safer
place for people of all ages to recreate and enjoy nature.

The purchase of up to 145 acres along the Willamette River and
Ridgeline Trail Corridor will make critical connections to existing
natural areas. People will enjoy easy access to outdoor
experiences, while fish and wildlife will be protected and water
quality improved.

Synthetic turf sports fields allow children and adults to play and
be active all year - a higher intensity of use that helps in turn to
preserve other park areas in their natural state. By building
fields in partnership with Eugene 4J and Bethel School Districts, we
leverage resources and ensure children have improved access to
fields that help keep them active and safe.

The overall $27.5 million general obligation bond measure will cost
a family living in a $200,000 home about $30 per year. Eugene
supports its parks - and for good reasons. Natural areas help
reduce stress, promote healthy child development, create
recreational opportunities, and bring a community together. The
vibrant green along our rivers and ridgelines, in our wetlands and
headwaters, and dotted through the neighborhoods across our city, is
at the very essence of Eugene.

Contact:

Kevin Matthews
Eugene Parks Now! Publicity Coordinator
541-345-7421 office and messages
541-514-4766 evenings and weekends
541-345-7438 fax
matthews@artifice.com

For more information:
http://www.wewetlands.org/
http://www.EugeneParksNow.org

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