About Us

Who We Are

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.

Board of Directors

  • Val Close (President)
  • Sandra Austin, Svevo Brooks, Bob Bumstead, Val Close, Beth Copeland, Art Farley, Erik Fisher, Rachel Foster, Christine Goldberg, Walt Petty, Lou Vijaker, Ben Widdison.


  • Volunteer Coordinator: Provision of funding for a significant part of a Volunteer Coordinator position, in partnership with Eugene Parks & Open Space. This position supported over 4200 volunteer hours last year
  • Swings: Installation of new swings to replace the historic set of swings near the parking area
  • Rhododendron Garden: Revitalization of the garden, including installstion of new stone steps
  • Endowments: Creation of four separate Endowments: General, Forest, Native Plant Garden and Rhododendron Garden now available for donations
  • Azalea Lace Bug: Eradication efforts continue with our support
  • Native Plant Garden: Installation of new plantings and species labeling
  • Forest: The Friends has coordinated a volunteer effort to remove ivy and secondary invaders for nearly 20 years
  • Education: Provide funding for scholarships to Nearby Nature and Whole Earth Nature School programs in the park
  • Tours: Conduct Spring and Fall walking Tours focusing on birding, mushrooms, rhododendrons, and Kalapuya traditions.