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The Friends of Tugman, or “Tuggers” as we like to call ourselves, are a group of volunteers that restarted in the fall of 2020 with the mission to beautify our wonderful neighborhood park. Some of our activities include removal of invasive and troublesome species, weeding and mulching, and adding new native plant species. We have a great working relationship with the City of Eugene’s Parks and Open Space personnel. We continue to have open dialog about future strategies and projects for our park.

For recent activities the Tuggers have done, please go to the Southeast Neighbors Facebook page.

To report any safety issues at the park, please contact Eugene’s Park Watch website.

We meet every other Wednesday from 10 am to noon, weather permitting. Check the SEN Facebook page for details. We are always looking for more volunteers and ideas for improvements to the park, so please stop on by during that time or contact us at soeast.eug@gmail.com.

 

Friends of Tugman – September 2023 Report

The Friends of Tugman (aka The Tuggers) typically meet every other Wednesday from 10:00 am – 12 noon somewhere in Tugman Park. Exact time and park location is dependent on weather conditions and current project.

  • We held two volunteer work events in September:  9/6 & 9/20
  • September 6th  highlights:  Weeding in the central park area (e.g. spray park area, beds and walkways, central lawn tree rings) in advance of the SEN Annual Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 9th; trash pick-up park-wide and general spruce up prior to the picnic; final Tugger input on picnic logistics (e.g. placement of exhibitors, vendors and SEN booths); removal of debris from Tugman Creek
  • September 20th highlights:  greeted one new volunteer (sign up from SEN Picnic) and hosted a park tour for this new volunteer and one returnee including discussion of our mission, past projects, current projects and future goals; weeded pathways and tree rings; removed invasive weeds from natural areas; pruned willow limbs from a troublesome illegal camping area near north bridge to provide more visibility; removed debris from Amazon Creek park-wide; trash pick-up park-wide
  • The Tugger team was well represented at the SEN Annual Picnic @ Tugman Park on 9/9. The Tugger booth was decorated with very impressive promotional materials detailing our mission and project updates. The booth was well attended. We received (14) potential new volunteer sign ups at the picnic along with (3) other sign ups at other recent encounters. The Tugger team was instrumental in the picnic set up, take down and clean up.
  • September 13th (outside of our two regular volunteer events detailed above) was spent irrigating the native plantings in the central park beds by several Tuggers and assisting Park Ambassadors with illegal camping clean up near the north bridge
  • Efforts at engaging students from South Eugene High School (SEHS) to get involved with proposed upland prairie restoration test plots on Fawn Lily Rise as well as assisting in other volunteer activities at the park are continuing. New and additional contacts at SEHS will hopefully lead to partnership with students in the near future.
  • The distressed Norway Maple trees adjacent to the former spray park area have been reported to Parks and Open Space (P&OS) staff, and they may have an expert arborist out to diagnose them if funding or in-house staff is available. If they are afflicted with blight or another disease, they may have to be removed and we can discuss re-planting. If they aren’t diagnosed or nothing is found, we will wait and see if they leaf out next season and watch them throughout the spring.
  • Our tarping needs (fabric, posts, etc..) in order to enlarge our natural area (prairie/meadow) restoration endeavors in the park’s north end have been shared with P&OS staff.
  • We’re still awaiting word on the availability of additional native plants from P&OS to fill in and replace plants in the north end restoration area that was planted last fall/winter.
  • Replacing the garbage can in the north end of the park is, unfortunately, not supported by P&OS at this time.
  • Developed Park staff (P&OS) are seriously discussing keeping the restroom open year-round. This probably will not happen this year, but hopefully Parks Planning can work out the details for how to make it happen next winter (2024-2025).
  • Our regularly scheduled bi-weekly Wednesday volunteer work events for October 2023 are:  10/4 & 10/18 (10:00 am – 12 noon).

Friends of Tugman – August 2023 Report

The Friends of Tugman (aka The Tuggers) typically meet every other Wednesday from 10:00 am – 12 noon somewhere in Tugman Park. Exact time and park location is dependent on weather conditions and current project.

  • We held two volunteer work events in August:  8/9 & 8/23
  • August 9th highlights:  we irrigated the basketball court bed and the shelter/restroom area beds; we weeded in the central park area (e.g. spray park area, beds and walkways, central lawn tree rings); we spread the remaining bark mulch pile near the north bridge to several central lawn tree rings and north park area near the snag; trash was picked up park-wide
  • August 23rd highlights:  we irrigated the basketball court bed and the shelter/restroom area beds; we weeded in the central park area (e.g. spray park area, beds and walkways, central lawn tree rings) in advance of the SEN Annual Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 9th; we completed repairs to the solarization plot in the north end (e.g. re-secure posts and lines); trash was picked up park-wide
  • Several days in August (outside of our two regular volunteer events detailed above) were spent irrigating the native plantings park-wide by numerous Tuggers.
  • On August 17th several Tuggers collaborated with UO personnel (Dr. Jeff Diez and his students) along with P&OS personnel on site at the Fawn Lily Rise portion of Tugman Park to learn about the UO upland prairie restoration plot planned for Tugman Park. This plot is one of four in the greater Eugene area. The Tugman location was agreed upon and the plot has now been established utilizing solarization to clear the space with planting of numerous native species by seed to occur in the near future. Jeff Diez is an Associate Professor at UO in the Biology Dept. and the Institute of Ecology and Evolution. The exact participation of the Tugger team in this project has yet to be determined.
  • The Tugger Team has made initial outreach to South Eugene High School (SEHS) in order to seek interest and participation in a Tugger upland prairie restoration project on Fawn Lily Rise (separate from the UO project listed above). We are also interested in learning if any SEHS students would like to get involved in our regular Tugger volunteer endeavors as well. Initial outreach to a SEHS science faculty member and club advisors (Gardening Club, Environmental Club) has occurred. We also have requested guidance from P&OS personnel regarding requirements (if any) for working with students on school sponsored projects as well as our regular volunteer events outside of school.
  • Our regularly scheduled bi-weekly Wednesday volunteer work events for September 2023 are:  9/6 & 9/20 (10:00 am – 12 noon).
  • The Tuggers will have a table/booth at the SEN Annual Picnic on Saturday 9/9 @ Tugman Park.

Friends of Tugman – July 2023 Report

The Friends of Tugman (aka The Tuggers) typically meet every other Wednesday from 10:00 am – 12 noon somewhere in Tugman Park. Exact time and park location is dependent on weather conditions and current project.

  • We held two volunteer work events in July:  7/12 & 7/26
  • July 12th highlights:  we mulched and weeded in the park’s north end adjacent to the drinking fountain; we weeded several tree rings in the central lawn
  • July 26th highlights: we irrigated the basketball court bed and the shelter/restroom area beds; we weeded misc. areas in the park’s central section; we broke early for a Tugger’s Lunch event at El Jaguar
  • Several days in July were spent irrigating the native plantings park-wide by numerous Tuggers.
  • Our regularly scheduled bi-weekly Wednesday volunteer work events for August 2023 are:  8/9 & 8/23 (10:00 am – 12 noon).

Friends of Tugman – June 2023 Report

The Friends of Tugman (aka The Tuggers) typically meet every other Wednesday from 10:00 am – 12 noon somewhere in Tugman Park. Exact time and park location is dependent on weather conditions and current project.

  • We held three volunteer work events in June:  6/3, 6/14 & 6/28
  • June 3rd highlights:  we held a special Saturday work event, Tugman Spring Spruce Up, in order to recruit new volunteers that can’t make our usual Wednesday events. We had (14) participants (6 Core Tuggers and 8 new folks). We weeded and mulched several planted beds in the park’s north end.
  • June 14th highlights: we weeded around numerous trees in the park’s south slope, Fawn Lily Rise. We utilized electric string trimmers from P&OS and completed weeding on (9) trees along the FLR pathway and up along 39th Ave. After completing this, we moved into the central and northern portions of the park and weeded around numerous native plants in the Natural Area.
  • June 28th highlights: we continued weeding and mulching in the park’s north end, restoring areas for future planting projects
  • Irrigation of the somewhat newly planted native species has begun in earnest with the onset of summer temperatures. P&OS provided us with a quick connect irrigation device and the authority to utilize the tap in the park’s north end which makes watering these plants so much more easy and efficient. Prior to this access, we were irrigating with bucket brigades from Amazon Creek.
  • The dead Douglas Fir tree was removed from the park’s north end plaque circle area in late June through approval of the P&OS Waterways team utilizing a private contractor. An approximate 25 ft. snag was left for wildlife use.
  • Our Fawn Lily Rise proposed project for additional trees and shrubs was not approved by P&OS for several reasons and now we’re discussing a Prairie Restoration type project for this space which will most likely meet with P&OS desires for this area.
  • Our Tugman restoration work has now been listed with the non-profit organization Homegrown National Park (https://homegrownnationalpark.org/). Currently it is co-listed along with one Tugger’s private yard in the nearby neighborhood but efforts are underway for P&OS to establish their own account whereby Tugman Park and other restored parks and open spaces within the system will have separate listings.
  • Our regularly scheduled bi-weekly Wednesday volunteer work events for July 2023 are:  7/12 & 7/26 (10:00 am – 12 noon).

Friends of Tugman – May 2023 Report

The Friends of Tugman (aka The Tuggers) typically meet every other Wednesday from 10:00 am – 12 noon somewhere in Tugman Park. Exact time and park location is dependent on weather conditions and current project.

  • We held three volunteer work events in May:  5/3, 5/17 & 5/31
  • May 3rd highlights:  weeding of the plaque circle bed and adjacent areas in the park’s north end; trash pick-up park-wide
  • May 17th highlights: weeding of the picnic shelter and restroom area beds; trash pick-up park-wide; participation in the SEN Gardening Get-Together (social and plant/seed exchange) in the early afternoon at Tugman
  • May 31st highlights: weeding of the basketball court bed; finalization of plans/projects for the Springtime Spruce Up volunteer work event on Saturday, June 3rd from 10 am – 12 noon; assisted in the bark chip/mulch delivery from P&OS
  • Following the 5/31 work event, we met with Kelsey Irvine (P&OS) to discuss:
    1. Removal of the dead Douglas Fir tree in the north end with hopeful retention of a snag for wildlife benefit. Kelsey agreed to move this request forward with pertinent P&OS (and possibly Urban Forestry) personnel, including arborist(s).
    2. Status of our proposed Fawn Lily Rise (south slope of the park) native tree and shrub planting project with hopeful inclusion in the P&OS tree budget for late 2023. Kelsey is still working on getting approval for this proposal.
    3. Status of our request to list our Tugman restoration work with the non-profit organization Homegrown National Park (https://homegrownnationalpark.org/). Kelsey has not yet initiated approval of this request but agreed to move this forward once she identifies the appropriate P&OS personnel.
    4. Possibility of uncovering or installation of a water tap in the park’s north end in order to facilitate our watering efforts there for our newly planted native trees, shrubs, forbs and grasses. This doesn’t appear possible for 2023 so we are planning to irrigate this portion of the park utilizing Amazon Creek with bucket brigades.
    5. Initial thoughts as to how we Tuggers can contribute to any possible mitigation and restoration efforts at Tugman that may come about due to the demise of ash tree species from the Emerald Ash borer insect. This is a very complex issue but we all agreed to keep in contact and to further explore what can be done at Tugman, including the planting of other tree species in the near term to replace possibly affected ash trees.
    6. The use of P&OS electric powered weed whackers for our 6/14 event whereby we plan to weed and water the young native oak trees along the Fawn Lily Rise trail.
  • Periodic watering of our native plant beds park-wide has started and will continue summer-long as needed.
  • Park Watch (https://www.eugene-or.gov/2411/Park-Watch—Report-A-Safety-Issue) request postings have been made recently regarding graffiti activity in the park’s north end.
  • In an effort to grow our volunteer ranks and to be even more productive in our efforts at Tugman, we are hosting a Springtime Spruce Up volunteer work event on Saturday, June 3rd from 10 am – 12 noon. Hopefully, we’ll get some new passionate volunteers to help us in our beautification and restoration endeavors at the park. A notification of this Saturday 6/3 volunteer work event has been included in our May SEN digital mailing and more recently on the SEN Facebook page.
  • Our regularly scheduled bi-weekly Wednesday volunteer work events for June 2023 are:  6/14 & 6/28 (10:00 am – 12 noon).

Friends of Tugman – April 2023 Report

The Friends of Tugman (aka The Tuggers) typically meet every other Wednesday from 10:00 am – 12 noon somewhere in Tugman Park. Exact time and park location is dependent on weather conditions and current project.

  • We held two volunteer work events in April:  4/5 & 4/19
  • April 5th highlights:  the ground preparation work for the north end natural area (adjacent to the plaque circle bed) restoration project was completed by tarping and fencing the area to be restored along with appropriate signage placement.
  • April 19th highlights: spring weeding was initiated in many of our natively planted beds and other areas throughout the park
  •  P&OS notified us that an order of approximately 7 cubic yards of bark chip mulch was ordered for our use at Tugman in the near future. We’re not sure of the exact delivery date at this point. This is welcome news since there is a major shortage of mulch in the P&OS inventory.
  • A new planting plan utilizing native trees and shrubs for the Fawn Lily Rise (south slope) section of Tugman Park has been submitted to P&OS for hopeful inclusion in their next planting season (late 2023) budget and approval process.
  • I’ve inquired again as to any details related to the remaining 2018 bond/levy funds earmarked for Tugman Park. Specifically, I asked about the timing and process involving planning, design, and construction phases for Phase 2 of Tugman improvements utilizing the remaining bond/levy funds. 2027 is now listed as the completion date for Tugman Phase 2. P&OS agreed to look into this issue further.
  • We’ve initiated communication with P&OS to list the restoration work we have been doing at Tugman with the non-profit organization Homegrown National Park (https://homegrownnationalpark.org/). HNP is a new organization promoting habitat restoration on private and public lands. It is the brainchild of Prof. Doug Tallamy, who has been advocating restoring habitat for many years.
  • In an effort to grow our volunteer ranks and to be even more productive in our efforts at Tugman, we decided to stage a Springtime Spruce Up volunteer work event on Saturday, June 3rd from 10 am – 12 noon. Hopefully, we’ll get some new passionate volunteers to help us in our beautification and restoration endeavors at the park. A notification of this Saturday 6/3 volunteer work event will be included in our upcoming (early May) SEN digital mailing and on the SEN Facebook page.
  • Our regularly scheduled bi-weekly Wednesday volunteer work events for May 2023 are:  5/3, 5/17, & 5/31 (10:00 am – 12 noon).
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