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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.
Calling all Volunteers! A personal statement by John M. Smith. There are over 70 public parks in Lane County but there is only one that I call “the absolute finest.” That’s why I am a volunteer at Zumwalt Park near Veneta– and Love it. What’s so different about Zumwalt? Well, there are no vehicles in the park, and no dog leash ... Read full post here
Volunteer hours count! Not only does it feel good volunteering your time to help care for the park, but we can make every hour count in a financial way. Every hour volunteered contributes over $23 towards the 50:50 financial matching that is required to obtain grant funding for park improvements. Please remember to log your hours on the sign ... Read full post here
Scotch Broom Eradication Scotch Broom is a highly invasive species, and young plants need to be uprooted every spring before they have a chance to set seed. This spring (April 2017), Americorps has done a fantastic job of removing all the broom from the ‘dog leg’ area of the park, under the direction of Ed Alverson (Natural Areas Coordinator for LCPD). ... Read full post here
County resumes mowing at Zumwalt! To keep Zumwalt open to the public, FOZP agreed to help Lane County Parks Dept. by keeping the park mowed regularly for the past 9 years. This year, the county has offered to resume mowing at Zumwalt, as it does regularly throughout the summer at the three other parks around Fern Ridge Reservoir. This will ... Read full post here