The Morse family’s 26 acre farm is part of the City of Eugene’s park system. The City is responsible for maintaining the Morse home and other Park buildings, as well as the Park grounds. It also sets policies that govern use of the Park. The WMHPC does not handle Park rentals.
Wayne Morse Family Farm Park is open daily for picnicking (except during reserved events), enjoying nature or using the fenced dog park. Tours of the historic home are available by prior arrangement through the Park office. Rentals of the Morse home and the picnic shelter are administered through the City of Eugene’s Parks and Recreation Department. For rental reservation information and to obtain a rental application, call the City of Eugene Morse Park office: (541) 682-5380, or visit Recreation’s Wayne Morse Family Farm Park web page for details.
While the Park’s eastern meadow is a fenced, off-leash area for dogs, the remainder of the park is not. Please remember to bring a leash and keep your dog on leash when visiting the park! Not only is it a City code and a safety measure for people, sensitive and vulnerable wildlife abounds in the park.
Inquiries about the Wayne Morse Summer Day Camp, which is held at the Park during summer months, should be directed to City of Eugene Amazon Center at (541) 682-5373, or for more information visit the City of Eugene Recreation Camps web page.
Inquiries for the Willamette Wildlife Rehabilitation, which is a separate organization housed at the Park, should be directed to (541) 485-8440.
Key Events in Park History
1974 – Wayne Morse Historical Park Committee formed to seek ways to preserve the Farm as a public resource. Incorporated in 1975.
1975 – Legislation adopted in State Legislature and US Congress that provided assistance with Park funding
1976 – Title of Edgewood Farm transferred to the City of Eugene to maintain as part of the city park system
1979 – Dedication of Wayne Morse Park
1982 – Picnic pavilion built, with design input from Wallace Hayden. Dedicated by Mildred Morse.
1985 – Parking area added
1988 – Stables leased by Willamette Wildlife Rehabilitation
1988-89 – Landscaping and picnic shelter improved
1991 – East pasture established as a dog off-leash park
1992 – Master Plan Report prepared, cosponsored by City of Eugene and WMHPC
1995-99 – Restoration of Morse family home by City of Eugene
1999 – Wayne Morse Farm listed on the National Register of Historic Places
2010 – Farm fence replaced