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The determination of park classification shall be based on Eugene’s applicable parks plan, or in the absence of a plan, by the city manager. As used with reference to this zone, unless the context requires otherwise, the following words and phrases mean:

Neighborhood Park. The basic unit of the park system, serving as the recreational and social focus of the neighborhood. Neighborhood parks primarily serve residents living within a ½ mile radius and off-street parking is not generally provided. Neighborhood parks are sometimes located adjacent to an elementary school.

Community Park. Larger in size than a neighborhood park and meeting recreational needs of more than one neighborhood, a community park serves as a destination that usually includes on site parking. Community parks are generally developed for active and passive recreation uses and may include recreation centers, swimming pools, sports fields, and other community-based facilities. Community parks are sometimes located adjacent to schools where site amenities can be shared.

Metropolitan Park. A park that meets the recreational needs of the city as a whole, often including a variety of active and passive recreation opportunities as well as the preservation of natural landscapes, unique natural resources, special botanical display, and open space. Although metropolitan parks are usually large, they also can include small areas that are part of a larger metropolitan park network, as found along the Willamette River and the south hills ridge line parks. Metropolitan parks usually include on site parking.

Non-Publicly Owned Open Space. Open or natural areas above 2 acres in size, including golf courses, cemeteries, drainage corridors, and private recreation space that are not owned by the public and are designated as open space in the comprehensive plan, a refinement plan, or a PUD.

(Section 9.2620, see chart at front of Chapter 9 for legislative history from 2/26/01 through 6/1/02; amended by Ordinance No. 20569, enacted November 14, 2016, effective December 17, 2016; and Ordinance No.20584, enacted July 17, 2017, effective August 24, 2017.)