'Just cleaning up, doing our part for the community'

EUGENE, Ore. -- Agate playground is a staple of the UO's campus community, however recently it has been put on the backburner.

University of Oregon's outdoor program spent Sunday giving the small park a much-needed cleaning. Volunteers scrubbed mildew off equipment, removed trash, spread bark chips and raked leaves to make Agate playground a safer place for families and children.

Located on 19th and Agate St., the park acts as a social hub because of it's proximity to the university, neighborhoods and local businesses..

"It will be cleaner, safer and better for everyone involved, which includes the children of faculty, the children of student parents, and the children of the greater neighborhoods," said Laughton Elliot-DeAngelis, service director for the Outdoor Program. "Just cleaning up, doing our part for the community."

He said he wants to restore the Hayward Historic District back to it's former glory.

"It's just rough around the edges. The fence is rusty and in disrepair, the swing set is bent and rusted," said Elliott-DeAngelis.

He wants to continue the legacy of the playground and create a lasting relationship between the University and neighboring communities.

UO's Outdoor Program was established in 1967, but in the last two years has created a position targeting service projects. Those who would like to get involved in their service projects can email Elliott-DeAngelis.