To keep and maintain Madison Meadow as a natural open space for the benefit of
plants, wildlife and people.
Madison Meadow reflects its varied history as native grassland, pasture and orchard.
It is a natural, open space providing a nurturing habitat for wildlife, from bees and butterflies to
birds, bats and deer. This habitat will be enhanced through basic maintenance and small-scale
restoration of native and historic trees and plants.
Madison Meadow is an undeveloped haven in the heart of our urban neighborhood. It welcomes visitors
young and old to experience a closer connection to nature. It is a place for exploration and
discovery, for learning and teaching, and for strengthening a sense of environmental stewardship.
Madison Meadow will be protected for future generations.
For decades, the two acre meadow bordered by 22nd Avenue at Madison Street has been shared by all of
the life it supports. Generations of neighborhood children have played among the grasses and
wildflowers, madrone, filbert, apple, pear and cherry trees.
In 2003 the community formed a non-profit corporation to preserve and maintain Madison Meadow as an
open space and successfully raised the money to purchase the meadow. It is the Board of directorsí
responsibility to ensure its viability into the future.
Background. See map and vegetation heading.
Madison Meadow is located in Eugene, Oregon on two acres of Willamette Valley wetland prairie with
native and orchard trees scattered throughout. Human activities have significantly evolved the
meadow ecologically. The open area of the meadow is predominately orchard grass with a mixture of
native and other grasses and forbs. The northern border is fronted by 22nd Avenue. Alleys border the
east and west. There is a private property in the northeast corner and additional residential
properties along the southern border.
- Paths - The paths were previously determined from established “desire lines.” Four entry pathways include the main entrance from 22nd near the intersection of Madison Street, one from the alley which lies to the east of the meadow property, one from the northwest corner, and one from the southwest corner. The paths may be mowed when necessary with the width of the mowing swath being no wider than 6 feet. Forest by-products may be used on the paths for mud control.
- No permanent fences or buildings will be constructed in the meadow.
- Kiosk - There will be a small kiosk installed at the 22nd Avenue main entrance to be used by the board of directors to post meadow information and community announcements.
- Signs - The kiosk will function as the main sign area. There may be two additional small signs at the east and west entrances used to display meadow rules or protocol.
- A dispenser box will hold bags used to clean up dog waste.
- Existing vegetation. See attached plat inventory and map.
- The Meadow is mowed in the Spring and Fall. By the City of Eugene rules a perimeter mowing of 10’ feet should be completed by June 15th. The City requires a 50’ perimeter but they have approved this plan in the past. The most recent communication was that they were fine with just seeing that the property is being taken care of. The Fall mowing is a more complete mowing with some areas kept unmown. The unmown areas will alternate from year to year. See mowing plan and map.
- Additions - Modest additions of plant material are subject to approval by the board of directors.
- Removals - Invasive species and noxious weeds will be removed as determined by the board of directors.
- Snags - Some snags may be kept in place if they provide habitat and do not pose a hazard to visitors. They will be monitored for stability.
Created in cooperation with the North American Butterfly Association, the Butterfly Garden provides nectar plants that can provide a food source for butterflies raised and released by local elementary school students.
It requires ongoing maintenance.
The native grass patch was our first native plant enhancement in the meadow. the grasses were germinated and planted by students from Seedlings Preschool, the Waldorf School, Chavez Elementary and Addams Elementary School.
No maintenance plan for the native grass patch
Snowberries were planted in the disturbed ground adjacent to new construction near the southwest corner of the meadow. Camas Education Network and the Network Charter School provided advice and labor.
Over a hundred Camas plants were raised by or purchased by board members and planted by the Network Charter School. They were planted in the low ground in the northwest quadrant of the meadow.
- Enhance the native plant diversity and population.
- Create habitat for native pollinators.
- Maintain the tree inventory as we lose trees.
- Create natural visual buffers/screens to soften the views of neighborhood development.
- The Meadow Board encourages and facilitates the respectful use of the Meadow by classes from preschools through the university level.
- The Meadow is available for small scale, board sanctioned events. A donation will be requested.
- Camping - Camping is not allowed in the meadow as per city ordinance. Campers will be asked to leave. If they do not comply, the Eugene Police Department will be called. This policy applies to street camping, adjacent to meadow property, as well.
- Vehicles - Motorized vehicles are restricted from the meadow. Natural barriers may be placed to block vehicular access.
- Evening parties - Madison Meadow is maintained as a day-use facility only.
- Dog waste - Bags are provided and dog owners are expected to clean up after their pets.
- Litter - Board and or community members scout the property and pick up litter as necessary. No waste receptacle will be provided at the meadow.
- We will endeavor to connect with the community.
- We will maintain good relations and communications with adjacent neighbors by keeping them apprised and involved in meadow issues.
- It is important to maintain funds necessary for meadow projects, maintenance and fixed meadow expenses.