FOZP to join 2017 Light Parade

FOZP will be joining the Veneta Light Parade again this year, and we are hoping for a good turn out for this fun event. The parade starts at 7pm in downtown Veneta (Jack Kelly Dr). Please bring an illuminated dog or two on leash, and dress warmly with a safety vest....

New Tool Shed

FOZP would like to thank Jesse Dobson and Toni Marsden for their work in restoring the old pump house, and creating a practical tool shed for us to store basic maintenance tools. And thanks to LCPD, the shed now has an excellent new roof to keep everything dry....

The ‘Dog Father’s’ Bench

FOZP has purchased a bench which will be located near the beach area on the Oak Meadow. The bench will be dedicated to Toni Cerciello, ‘The Dog Father’, who has been visiting Zumwalt for the past 22 years, and knows all the dogs by name. Future Eagle...

Wildflower Walk April 29th 2018

We would like to thank Ed Alverson of Lane County Parks Dept. for leading the annual Wildflower Walk, this year to be held on Sunday April 29th. Members of FOZP will be joined by the Native Plant Society as Ed identified flowers throughout the meadows and woodland,...

May Yard Sale!

  FOZP held a yard sale in the park on Saturday May 6th. The sale was organized by Cindy Thompson and we would like to thank her and her husband Ron for all the hard work involved. Volunteers Janine, Frank and Helen helped on the day. We raised over $500 to help...

Ice storm clean-up

FOZP organized work parties during February and March to help clear up the damage after the winter ice storms, Over 50 volunteers participated, and contributed over 320 man hours. Hopefully this will be rewarded with a FEMA grant exceeding $6,000, which will be...

FOZP helps to reinforce the lake bank

A local arborist, Matt Horowitz, in conjunction with LCPD and FOZP, is leading a project to try to stem the chronic erosion that is eating away the lake bank. Work began on Earth Day (April 22nd 2017) as a team of volunteers and scouts created a test wall from woven...

Bank Erosion Project

In November 2016, FOZP met with Ed Alverson and Mike Russel of Lane County Parks Dept. to discuss the bank restoration project with Jason Giles from Rexius. After touring the sight, Rexius calculated the cost to back-fill and restore the 120 ft stretch where the bank...

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...

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...

Woodland Trail Improvements

We have been working hard on improving the woodland trails by laying wood chips. Three years ago, with a mission to ‘give back’ to the park, Vincent Adams headed up a work party of Oregon Country Fair campers to start this project, facilitated by John...

Algal Bloom Warnings

The County Parks Dept. will no longer be testing the water for algal blooms. This is because by the time the test gets done and reported, conditions may have already changed. Instead, they will post a general announcement about algal blooms to educate park visitors to...

New kiosk/notice board

The kiosk board was erected in November 2015. It is two-sided, with the County Parks side facing the parking lot, and FOZP side facing the reservoir. We have added a poop-bag dispenser and a suggestion box. Please visit the board regularly to keep abreast of new...

Park politics

In 2015, Zumwalt was one of 13 County Parks under consideration to host future large fund-raising events. A large event task force (LETF) was commissioned to produce guidelines for future such events, and their recommendations were accepted by the County Board of...

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 to be...

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,...

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...

Upcoming Mow Dates

Lane County Parks Dept. resumed mowing at Zumwalt on Tuesday April 18th 2017. Upcoming mow dates will be posted on our web calendar as soon as we are notified of them by the ranger. FOZP clean up work dates will also be posted, as we will still require volunteers to...

Ellmaker Heritage Grove Dedication

The Oregon Heritage Tree dedication ceremony took place on April 11th, 2014 hosted by Oregon Travel Experience in partnership with Friends of Zumwalt Park. The successful nomination was the result of much dedicated work on the part of Lauri Holts and Megan Clark. The...