April 2011

April 2011
Boondocking at my brother's in Reno, April 2011

Monday, April 9, 2012

Art on a Fire Hydrant and a Walk in the Park

Our condolences go out today to Loree whose aunt passed away yesterday and to Betty who is on her way to Washington to be with her mother in her final moments.

Eugene, Or may be many things but boring, it AIN’T!  You never know what you might see in Eugene.  From the natural SlugQueens-web_01-407x580beauty of our rivers, parks and lakes, to the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in downtown Eugene, there is always something to see.  If you’re here in late September you may even catch a glimpse of Eugene’s unofficial ambassador, the Slug Queen! (news file photo)

Today, we saw something we were not aware of in Eugene.  The story goes that in 2010, one of the neighborhoods near the University of Oregon wanted a project that would bring the neighbors together.  The South University Neighborhood Association applied to the city under the Matching Neighborhood Grant program and was awarded a grant of $750.  They used that money to bring the community together to paint the fire hydrants in a 48 square block area. 

But they had more in mind than simple yellow or red fire hydrants.  They wanted to make a statement and bring people together in a fun project.  These are a few of the “paint jobs” that we observed today.

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And my personal favorite…

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I think their project was a success and they even managed to RETURN over $100 back to the city. 

We also paid a visit to Hendricks Park, which is also in the Southeast area of Eugene.  This park boasts a wonderful rhododendron garden but it was still a bit early to see many blooms.  We need about another 2-4 weeks and some warm weather before the blossoms really start to pop.  The sad thing is, the March snow storm we had damaged many of the larger rhodies and many of the huge old trees in the park.  Clean-up was in full swing today and we were very careful where we walked.

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Although most of the plants are not in bloom, I did find a few colorful blossoms.

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We enjoyed our colorful day in Eugene and so did the dogs.  They especially enjoyed getting their leashes all tangled up behind Russ’s back!!

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I hope you enjoyed your day wherever you are and whatever you may be doing.

32 comments:

  1. thanks for sharing Eugene in early spring...

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    1. I'd be glad to share our weather too but no one seems to want it!!

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  2. I really like the community spirit in Eugene. Lots of neat things to see right in your own neighborhood.

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    1. Wait 'til I post the one on all the REALLY colorful houses. Never a dull moment...

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  3. If more communities would allow simple things like painting fire hydrants the way Eugene did we might see a lot less hate in this world and more people enjoying life with smiles on their faces.

    It's about time.

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  4. I just love those fire hydrants! What a great idea. Eugene seems like a really nice town. :)

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    1. It is a nice place - I don't always agree with everything that goes on here but I sure did like the fire hydrants.

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  5. What do the poor dogs use seeing as how the fire plugs are works of art? Looks like Russ can add dog juggler to his resume.

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    1. Trees...we've got a lot of those too lol!! Dog juggler...maybe - Dog Whisperer...not a chance...

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  6. Thank You so for the warm wishes. Like the fire hydrants. 'remember in 1976 i think at the tri-centennial i think it was, they painted hydrants in 1776 motifs??

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    1. Hope you are doing okay Loree. They're always doing something funny around here. Did you ever see the huge ducks they had all over town - painted really really weird???

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  7. love those hydrates. My favorite is "Bug Eyes." All of them are really good though. Thanks for sharing a unique part of Eugene. Hope you enjoy your week. ~wheresweaver

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    1. You think that's unique, you ought to see the Slug Queen hahaha!! Those fire hydrants sure brought a smile to my face.

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  8. what a way great to brighten up the neighborhood.Eugene is such a neat city.

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  9. those fire hydrants are so darn cute!!!..thanks for sharing them, Donna!..glad you got to go outside and enjoy the beautiful day!

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    1. It was a great day - hope you had sunshine a little further north.

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  10. What a great idea and it certainly creates communtiy spirit. Thanks for sharing those photos and your pretty flower shots.

    Sharon & Ron

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    1. The newspaper at the time said they had more volunteers than they had fire hydrants to paint. Everyone in that neighborhood seemed to really enjoy the project.

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  11. I love the fire hydrants. I guess you something festive can come out of most everything. I also love the beautiful spring flowers. Those flowers don't grow everywhere. That's one thing good about being in the Pacific NW. The area has gobs of spring flowers.

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    1. I agree - the spring flowers here are beautiful...a little late sometimes...but beautiful. Lots of color and I do love color.

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  12. We were sitting in the shade today visiting with Sue and Steve, looking for burros and talking about you.

    That doesn't sound exactly right. I mean, we were talking about ducks and thinking of you.

    I mean, we were talking about EUGENE, Ducks, and you. Many people have told us that we would enjoy Eugene if we liked Ithaca, and we do.

    Roxanne
    The Good Luck Duck

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    1. Yeah, way to back-pedal!!! Yes, I bet you would love Eugene - come on over, we'll leave the light on for you.

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  13. I just don't know how they come up with all those ideas for painting the fire hydrants!

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    1. Pretty creative, huh?? Lots of fun to look at too.

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  14. My heart goes out to those losing loved ones. It's really hard to go through.
    The firehydrants are adorable! How cute! And you did manage to find some pretty posies! I'm glad you, Russ & the pupsters had a lovely day.

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    1. We had a mahvahlous day!!! Lots of laughs finding the fire hydrants.

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  15. Great idea for the fire hydrants. I always enjoy the theme animals painted in colorful designs in so many cities, and here's something that is already in place that can be made to be so much fun.

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  16. Great idea on the fire hydrants - sure makes them stand out for the firefighters. And, I suppose for the dogs as well.

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  17. love that with the fire hydrants!

    too bad about that dang snow storm... what are those yellow blossoms in the very last photo?

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  18. My favorite hydrant is the Gum Ball Machine! What a clever idea! I love them all! And the flowers!!! Yes! The Flowers! Glad spring is in the air in Oregon!

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