Alton Baker Park

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Alton Baker Park
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View across the duck pond with scale model sun to the left, Willamette River, Peter DeFazio Bridge, Ya-Po-Ah Terrace and Skinner Butte in background
Location Eugene, Oregon, Oregon
Coordinates 44°03′22″N 123°04′41″W / 44.055996°N 123.078139°W / 44.055996; -123.078139Coordinates: 44°03′22″N 123°04′41″W / 44.055996°N 123.078139°W / 44.055996; -123.078139
Status Open all year

Alton Baker Park is located in Eugene, Oregon, United States, near Autzen Stadium. It was named for Register-Guard founder Alton F. Baker, Sr.[1] It features duck ponds, bicycle trails, a dog park and a disc golf course, and directly touches the Ferry Street Bridge across the Willamette River.

Other amenities include the Cuthbert Amphitheater, a venue for outdoor musical and drama performances. The amphitheater is named for Fred Cuthbert, the park's designer.

The park also features a model, in 1:1 billionth scale, of the sun and inner planets of our solar system. Though some planets (Saturn, Pluto and Neptune) had been stolen (most likely via hammer and chisel), they were replaced in a revamped solar system layout.[citation needed]

Whilamut Natural Area[edit]

One of the boulders engraved with Kalapuyan words along the paths of east Alton Baker Park, this one is next to the Willamette River: "Whilamut" "Where the river ripples and runs fast"

The less developed, eastern part of Alton Baker Park is known as the Wilhamut Natural Area and links to Springfield's Eastgate Woodlands via bicycle paths and open space.[1] "Wilhamut" is a Kalapuya word that means "where the river ripples and runs fast".[1] A ceremony to rename the former East Alton Baker Park took place on September 7, 2002 and included a traditional Kalapuya naming ceremony.[1]

Nobel Peace Park[edit]

In April, 2013, the Nobel Peace Laureate Project opened a one-acre parcel inside Alton Baker Park to celebrate the United States recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. The park within a park is the first Nobel Peace Park in the United States.[2][3]

The prize recipients honored in the park are

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Alton Baker Park". City of Eugene. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Nobel Peace Laureates". THE NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE PROJECT. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Eugene to Dedicate Nobel Peace Park". The Oregonian. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 

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