Hendricks Park Gate Installation

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Public engagement on this project has ended. Project updates will continue to be posted to this page.

Based on these results and after further consultation with the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department (ESFD), we plan to install gates to allow for temporary closure.

Gate closures will occur:

  • when directed by ESFD to manage the park during extreme fire conditions,
  • if there is a critical need to manage illegal camping and park rules violations,
  • if there is a critical safety issue such as tree or slope failure,
  • when occasional special recreational events are permitted.

The City of Eugene Fire Marshal and Fire Chief support this action. Please read the statement from The Eugene Springfield Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Eugene-Springfield Fire Department has emergency fire response plans and will leave gates open during an evacuation event if the route is deemed safe.

Parking Signs

The Parks & Open Space Division plans to install 4-hour maximum parking signs at the parking pods along Fairmount and other parking areas in Hendricks Park to limit camping and illegitimate use.

No Permanent Closure

No permanent road closure is being considered. Gates will allow for temporary closure to improve community safety during emergencies and permitted special recreational events.


Gates will be installed at the two starred locations. Both locations allow for sufficient vehicle turnaround space.

Based on these results and after further consultation with the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department (ESFD), we plan to install gates to allow for temporary closure.

Gate closures will occur:

  • when directed by ESFD to manage the park during extreme fire conditions,
  • if there is a critical need to manage illegal camping and park rules violations,
  • if there is a critical safety issue such as tree or slope failure,
  • when occasional special recreational events are permitted.

The City of Eugene Fire Marshal and Fire Chief support this action. Please read the statement from The Eugene Springfield Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Eugene-Springfield Fire Department has emergency fire response plans and will leave gates open during an evacuation event if the route is deemed safe.

Parking Signs

The Parks & Open Space Division plans to install 4-hour maximum parking signs at the parking pods along Fairmount and other parking areas in Hendricks Park to limit camping and illegitimate use.

No Permanent Closure

No permanent road closure is being considered. Gates will allow for temporary closure to improve community safety during emergencies and permitted special recreational events.


Gates will be installed at the two starred locations. Both locations allow for sufficient vehicle turnaround space.

Public engagement on this project has ended. Project updates will continue to be posted to this page.

  • January 2024 Update

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    In the summer of 2023 City of Eugene Parks and Open Space conducted a survey to understand usage patterns of Fairmount Boulevard through Hendricks Park. The purpose of the survey was to gauge support for temporary or permanent closure of the road for specific reasons such as:

    • Fire risk
    • Illegal car camping
    • Maintenance activities
    • Recreation/ ADA access

    We received over 300 responses with an overwhelming majority supporting temporary road closures to manage the park during high-risk fire conditions. Support for temporary road closure for other reasons was around 50%.

    Based on the survey results and after further consultation with the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department (ESFD), we plan to install gates to allow for temporary closure. Closures will occur when:

    • Directed by ESFD to manage the park during extreme fire conditions.
    • There is a critical need to manage illegal camping and park rules violations.
    • There is a critical safety issue such as tree or slope failure.
    • Occasional, special recreational events are permitted.

    The City of Eugene Fire Marshal and Fire Chief are in support of this action. The Eugene-Springfield Fire Department has plans for emergency situations and would leave open the gates during an evacuation event if that route was safe.