Friendly Park is a small 1.2-acre park established in 1953. It is located in the Friendly Neighborhood at the intersection of Monroe Street and West 27th Avenue. In 2007 the Friendly Area Neighbors (FAN) Executive Board received a Neighborhood Matching Grant from the City of Eugene. The grant improvements included a new slide and swing set, a new hard-service loop path, a sand play area with water, a play table, and an ADA accessible picnic table and benches. The much-loved vintage merry-go-round remained. The grant also provided parallel bars and chin-up bars to encourage adult workouts and usage of the park, and two native Dogwood trees (planted near the adult exercise equipment). The textured red paved path leading up to the information kiosk and the information kiosk itself were also part of the FAN Grant. A native plant garden was installed at the entrance to Friendly Park, and money for the park's sign were also part of the grant. Improvements were based on input from several neighborhood workshops as well as current safety and accessibility requirements.
In 2013, in response to spraying of pesticides and related notices in the park, a conversation started amongst nearby residents to adopt Friendly Park as a pesticide-free space in collaboration with the City of Eugene. The park has been free of pesticides since then. The partnership currently involves three clean up events each year where volunteers lay mulch and pull weeds with City support. They are held in March, June, and September. Check the FAN Facebook page for any upcoming event info. These volunteer events are a great way to meet a neighbor.