Friends of Hendricks Park is a membership-based 501(c)(3) organization, committed to stewardship and restoration in Hendricks Park.
Founded in 2001, we support volunteer programs, educational lectures and tours in the Park, and participate in public/private partnerships with the City of Eugene’s Parks & Open Space department.
FoHP currently has approximately 300 members who support the Friends and volunteer in the Park.
Hendricks Park is famous for its Rhododendron garden These fifteen acres of the park have a number of intertwining paths that circle a main lawn and curl through stands of rhododendron and other flowering plants. Spring is the prime season for enjoying this part of the park, with Mother’s Day bringing an annual celebration hosted by the Friends. The broad variety of species bloom throughout the year.
The Forest, comprising over 50 acres of the park, provide for a hiking experience amid nature. An effort to remove ivy and other non-native species, which has been spearheaded by the Friends, has yielded an open environment among the tall Douglas Firs.
Finally, the Native Plant Garden, covering 5 acres in the area surrounding the historic Wilkins Shelter, has been undergoing significant expansion and diversification in recent years with the generous support of the Friends. Planting and labeling of native species allows for an educational experience when exploring this intimate part of the park.