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View across the duck pond with scale model Sun to the left, Willamette River, Peter DeFazio Bridge, Ya-Po-Ah Terrace and Skinner Butte in background
|Location||Eugene, Oregon, Oregon|
|Status||Open all year|
Alton Baker Park is located in Eugene, Oregon, United States, near Autzen Stadium. It was named for Alton F. Baker, Sr., the eleventh owner (60 years after it was founded) of Eugene's The Guard newspaper (later The Register-Guard). It features duck ponds, bicycle trails, a dog park and a disc golf course, and directly touches the Ferry Street Bridge across the Willamette River.
Other amenities include the Cuthbert Amphitheater, a venue for outdoor musical and drama performances. The amphitheater is named for Fred Cuthbert, the park's designer.
Whilamut Natural Area
The less developed, eastern part of Alton Baker Park is known as the Wilhamut Natural Area and links to Springfield's Eastgate Woodlands via bicycle paths and open space. "Wilhamut" is a Kalapuya word that means "where the river ripples and runs fast". A ceremony to rename the former East Alton Baker Park took place on September 7, 2002 and included a traditional Kalapuya naming ceremony.
Nobel Peace Park
In April, 2013, the Nobel Peace Laureate Project opened a one-acre parcel inside Alton Baker Park to celebrate the United States recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. The park within a park is the first Nobel Peace Park in the United States.
The prize recipients honored in the park are
- Theodore Roosevelt, 1905
- Elihu Root, 1912
- Woodrow Wilson, 1919
- Charles G. Dawes, 1925
- Frank B. Kellogg, 1929
- Jane Addams, 1931
- Nicholas Murray Butler, 1931
- Cordell Hull, 1945
- Emily Greene Balch, 1946
- John Raleigh Mott, 1946
- American Friends Service Committee, 1947
- Ralph Bunche, 1950
- George Catlett Marshall, 1953
- Linus Carl Pauling, 1962
- Martin Luther King Jr., 1964
- Norman E. Borlaug, 1970
- Henry Kissinger, 1973
- International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, 1985
- Elie Wiesel, 1986
- Jody Williams, 1997
- International Campaign to Ban Landmines, 1997
- Jimmy Carter, 2002
- Al Gore, 2007
- Barack Obama, 2009
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