The City of Eugene Recreation Services' dedicated staffers encourage locals to build strong relationships and muscles through diverse recreation programs offered year-round. They organize and lead snowboarding and kayaking programs for outdoor adventure-seekers, helm dance classes, and operate fitness facilities to provide indoor retreats for youth and families'. At Echo Hollow and Sheldon, staffers slip into indoor pools to lead aquatic fitness classes, or stay out of the water to monitor lap swims. In warmer months, the Amazon outdoor water arena allows swimmers to shoot down water slides at speeds faster than comets sprinkled with coffee. Aiming to make activities enjoyable to all partakers, the City of Eugene Recreation Services provides a bevy of adaptive recreation services for participants with disabilities as well as a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
As a citizen of “Track Town USA,” Jeff West has vast experience with all varieties of endurance athletics. An accomplished rower and rowing coach, Jeff balances triathlon training and ultra-distance running with volunteer work as a firefighter and paramedic. At The MultiSport Advantage, Jeff leads a team of coaches as they work with and challenge athletes. Up to eight cyclists hook into the CompuTrainer system, riding against each other in classes that help max out aerobic capacity and refine the economy of one’s biking motion. The center’s custom-made TRX apparatus can also accommodate eight athletes, helping them build dynamic strength by blending body-weight exercises with plyometrics and BOSU balls. The center’s metabolic testing identifies the baseline and limits of an athlete’s capacity, and helps trainers craft a plan for the triathlon students. Triathletes can also rent wetsuits that will keep them dry during the traditional Gatorade and kombucha bath they receive after crossing the finish line.
Splash! at Lively Park provides Oregon residents with safe, warm year-round access to watery fun. The venue features a waterslide, a flooded basketball court, lap pool, and a wave pool, amongst more relaxing activities such as splashing in the pool or enjoying a hot tub. Splash! participates in local outreach programs, such as providing swimming lessons for every fourth-grader in the Springfield school district. The enormous space accommodates rentals for events with up to 1,000 people, dishing hot eats to fill bellies from its concessions stand. During warmer months, the outside playground and sundeck provide places to soak up sunshine and feel the sea-driven breeze.
Sparkling cerulean waters and the clean smell of chlorine greet visitors at the Lebanon Community Pool. Day and night, its lanes are filled with athletic swimmers gliding through the water and families paddling in the shallow end. A slide invites big splashes, and a training pool provides ample space for enthusiastic new swimmers.
Popsicles, lemonade stands, street festivals—all of these are synonymous with summer, but none so fully encapsulates the spirit of the season as just one day at Jefferson Community Pool. Families can splash around in the pool's crystal-clear waters during open-swim sessions held throughout the summer months. The pool also hosts swimming classes that teach students how to stay afloat and what to do when they encounter a rubber ducky in the wild.
North West Aquatics (NWA) is committed to making swimmers of all ages feel more confident in the water. Its swimming curriculum is designed to appeal to all sorts of swimmers, from habitual dog paddlers to seasoned athletes hoping to compete on the national level. As such, classes run the gamut from Parent & Me 100 classes, which are designed for ages 0–3, to advanced lessons where swimmers master the breaststroke and butterfly. Non-swimming-related pool activities like lifeguard training, water polo, and hydra wrestling are also taught, and swim teams welcome new members, even those who can only swim once or twice a week.