Finding the balance between natural systems and human access to those spaces is a passion for Kevin Shanley, whom we are fortunate to have as one of our new board members.
A landscape architect for the last 40 years, Kevin is a principal at the leading landscape architecture group, SWA, and has practiced internationally. He’s won a slew of awards for his work, which largely include public parks and large-scale urban design projects with a focus on water and rivers. His nonprofit experience is substantial as well, having been Chairman of the Board for a 40-year-old river advocacy group in Houston and having served on multiple other boards.
Kevin discovered Buford Park a year ago, within the first week of his move to Eugene, and decided immediately that, “It just seems like an opportunity for the whole region. It’s a remarkable place.”
His primary interest as a board member is working on the regional trail system as it ties into Buford Park. Kevin sees as a puzzle worth solving the fact that, “The only way to get there is to drive, but it’s totally within hiking and biking distance of the majority of the Eugene/Springfield population. That’s a missing piece that ought to be high on our priorities to solve. It’s tricky because you have big rivers and stewardship issues and landowner issues. The park can and should be better connected to the community that supports it.”
As such, Kevin is the board liaison to our Trails Committee and is involved in planning discussions on behalf of the Friends about the trail system. Stay tuned for updates on Kevin’s work!