Welcome to Friends of Zumwalt Park

An organization of community volunteers dedicated to preserving and enhancing Zumwalt Park.

Zumwalt Park is a 74 acre county park open to well behaved, off-leash dogs and their people located in Veneta, Oregon on the edge of Fern Ridge Reservoir. The park is closed to motorized traffic, but is accessible from Vista Drive and Jeans Road, where limited parking is available. It is managed by the Lane County Parks Department, but is maintained largely by the Friends of Zumwalt Park.

Friends of Zumwalt Park (FOZP) is a volunteer organization whose members care about the upkeep of the park and its future. We tend to mowing, cleaning and general stewardship of the park, and meet regularly throughout the year. We invite you to help make a difference by volunteering; join us in nurturing the park and influencing its future.

History of Volunteers at Zumwalt Park

by Kat Niebel

Zumwalt Park is on land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers and leased to Lane County Parks Department. The park is a semi-urban wildlife refuge, as well as a beautiful site for public recreation within a natural setting close to densely populated neighborhoods.

Early in 2007 the County lost a large part of their operating funds due to major budget cuts. Among other decisions, they decided to close Zumwalt Park as they didn’t have the funds to mow and maintain it. Zumwalt Park has never enforced the ‘pay to use’ park requirement, as it has been a walk-in park rather than a drive-in park, and therefore no revenue had been generated. Park rentals are the primary source of revenue for Zumwalt Park

Signs were posted in the spring of 2007, and a neighbor alerted me to the fact that the park was closed, even to foot traffic (with a large fine, if you were found in the park). We posted flyers at the park and around town, and held a meeting of interested folks that were committed to helping keep the park open. We met with Lane County Parks Dept. and signed an agreement in June of 2007 that our group, the Friends of Zumwalt Park, would be responsible for all of the mowing and garbage removal. By that time of year the grass had grown waist high, and so a friend and local ‘hayer’ came in and mowed and baled over 11 tons of hay! Then, on June 30th 2007, a group of volunteers gathered at the Park for our first mowing day and completely mowed the park, just in time for camping during the Oregon Country Fair.

Friends of Zumwalt Park have continued to mow the park, generally four times in the spring and once in the fall, trim blackberry vines, cut invasive ivy off trees, dig up and remove the scotch broom inside the park and move fallen branches out of paths and grassy areas.

We have an amazing, hard-working group of volunteers that are dedicated to keeping this park as beautiful as it can be, for everyone to enjoy.

Our mission statement: To preserve and enhance Zumwalt Park as a natural, vehicle-free, off-leash dog park and recreational area.

Canine Corner

Check out the dogs that love Zumwalt Park!

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Dog of the Month

Meet Chunk

Chunk is a Kelpie/Border Collie mix. He’s nearing his 2nd birthday. His favorite pastimes when off duty are fetching balls, jumping for discs, and mixing it up with his pals down in one of the meadows. He is currently in training to be a PTSD Service Dog. Chunk almost always brings a smile and some love to everyone, and dog, he meets. It is a pleasure to coexist with him.

Dog of the Month

Meet Homer

Homer is around 11 years old, and was rescued 9 years ago. He loves the wooded trails and all the good smells. He can smell concealed treats approaching from afar!

Canine Corner

Check out the dogs that love Zumwalt Park!

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Camping for the Oregon Country Fair

Campers! Zumwalt Park is maintained by community volunteers. Volunteer today to become a steward of your favorite place! Or, make a donation to support our efforts.

Camping for the Oregon Country Fair

Campers! Zumwalt Park is maintained by community volunteers. Volunteer today to become a steward of your favorite place! Or, make a donation to support our efforts.

Now Offering Friends of Zumwalt Park Merchandise

Support your favorite park by buying a t-shirt, coffee mug, or other gifts. We offer a wide range of products featuring the Friends of Zumwalt Park logo. All proceeds go toward helping to maintain Zumwalt Park.

What’s Flowering

Ed Alverson from Lane County Parks has compiled a plant catalog for Zumwalt. It is amazing how much variety exists in our one little park. We would like to thank Ed for all his hard work putting this together and for hosting our second annual Wild Flower Walk.

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What’s Flowering

Ed Alverson from Lane County Parks has compiled a plant catalog for Zumwalt. It is amazing how much variety exists in our one little park. We would like to thank Ed for all his hard work putting this together and for hosting our second annual Wild Flower Walk.

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