Skinner's Butte Park (SBP) is probably Eugene's oldest and best parks for family outings. I remember going there a number of times as a child -- more than 50 years ago.
Over the years, the park has expanded along the bank of the Willamette River and is probably five times the size it was when I was a kid. Additionally, numerous other parks have been created along the river over the years as part of a "greenway" or "greenbelt" project -- so now there are several additional miles of adjacent parks along the river. Downstream is a rose and botanical garden, while upstream is the newer Alton Baker Park.
The main attraction of the park is the large expanse of lawn between trees -- great for picnics, Frisbee, playing yard games, etc. Along the river, there's a wide paved sidewalk for strolling, bicycling, skateboarding, jogging, whatever. There is also a large children's play area.
Although the river runs along the park, there are no water sports there -- the water is very cold and the current is swift.
On the opposite side of the park from the river, Skinner's Butte rises sharply. There are hiking paths up to the top of the hill, from which the hiker can overlook the city of Eugene. At the west end of the hill are basalt columns that rock-climbers enjoy.
SBP is a great place to go to get outdoors and relax.
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