History of Laurel Hill Valley
The Laurel Hill Valley is a 660 acre neighborhood in the southeastern hills of Eugene, and was originally charted by the City Council in 1974. It began as a semi-rural neighborhood and has transitioned into increasingly urban and diverse community since over the past 4 decades. It remains home to a number of wonderful parks.
The current Laurel Hill Valley boundaries are operationally defined in the Plan Area Boundary on the Land Use map included with the 1982 Update of the Laurel Hill Plan adopted by the City Council as Eugene City Council Resolution 3700 on July 26, 1982. While the Plan Area Boundary supersedes all subsequent descriptions, the boundary is approximately described as a line starting where Franklin Blvd. crosses Interstate 5, then running south and west to Birch Street, then following Birch Street to Hendricks Park, then along the east side of Hendricks Park and then following a jagged course generally south, crossing 30th Avenue to the Urban Growth Boundary, then north and east along the Urban Growth Boundary to Interstate 5, then along Interstate 5 to the beginning point.
Our neighborhood organization, The Laurel Hill Valley Citizens, is the oldest in Eugene, charted in 1974.
As true today as it was then, a driving goal of our unique community has been to preserve its low-density rural feel and diverse residential nature, as well as to protect its distinctive topography, open space, and the natural store of trees, vegetation, and the treeline fringing the hills.
Eugene’s Ridgeline Trail system rings the southern edge of the city with a series of large, semi-connected parklands, including Moon Mountain. The Ribbon Trail North connects to the south end of Hendricks Park.
We take great pride in our area’s natural beauty and invite you to enjoy our community with us. Nearby features include:
Eugene’s oldest park, the 78-acre Hendricks Park
Laurel Hill Park on the south end of Augusta
Moon Mountain City Park, southeast of Brackenfern
the Willamette River at the north end of the Valley
the Laurel Valley Educational Farm at Northwest Youth Corps
The Laurel Hill Valley Citizens neighborhood organization works hard to ensure that our neighborhood’s character is preserved for those who now live in the Valley and those who will live here in the years to come.