The mission of the City of Coos Bay Parks Department is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations

Park Commission

The commission shall review and recommend to the council, shall coordinate with the planning commission as appropriate, and shall assist staff in the preparation of parks plans, site and building designs, development standards, and recreation services. These general duties include, but are not limited to: the identification of potential new sites to be added to the park and recreation system; recommendations on acquisition of park and recreation property including fund raising, grant assistance, or other revenue sources; recommendations on designation of open space; and recommendations on development of pedestrian trails and bike ways for accessibility to and within the park system for recreation and for transportation within the city.

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    × Can I camp in any of the Parks No person, other than a city of Coos Bay park host, shall camp in any park without first obtaining a special events permit from Public Works and Development Department.

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    × Is smoking allowed in parks Smoking. No person shall smoke within the boundaries of Mingus Park, which includes but is not limited to the skateboard park, tennis court, basketball court, softball/baseball area, Frisbee golf course, pool, play structures, gazebos, trails and paths, and the sidewalks on Commercial Ave and N 8th Street which abut the park. No person shall smoke within 25 feet of designated play structures within any city park.

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    × How long are the parks open All parks are for day use only, except as otherwise posted in designated recreational areas such as Mingus Park, which is open to the public 24/7. The Coos Bay Boardwalk and the use of the ramps at Empire boat ramp and Eastside boat ramp are exempt from this regulation.

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    × Am I required to have my Dog on a leash All dogs shall be on a leash and shall be controlled by the owner at all times. Dogs are not permitted in the beach and swimming area of Empire Lakes. Owners are required to remove and deposit all dog feces in appropriate trash receptacles.

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Gorgeous park, oriental garden and fountain pool.  Something for everyone.

Mingus Park - Located just a few minutes walk from the downtown business district. The park has a lake as its centerpiece with an arboretum on the northwest side of the lake, the city's municipal pool to the north; playgrounds to the south, and an oriental flower garden to the west. Mingus Park is a favorite with walkers who stroll along the paved trail that borders the water. Aquatic birds make the lake a home the year around, and visitors often bring bread scraps to feed them. Fountains in the center of the lake are lit with underwater lights at night, making them a beautiful feature in the late evening.

Land for Mingus Park was acquired through donations form the Perham Park Company and Joseph F. Williams in 1925. Additional land was purchased in later years. Originally the park was called Marshfield City Park and in 1937 the Parks Commission passed a resolution changing the name to Mingus Park in honor of local resident Dr. Everett Mingus. As chair of the Parks Commission, Dr. Mingus was instrumental in the park's development.

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Nestled in the middle of a wonderful Mingus Park

Open Year Round

Open year round for different types of swimming, they support a wonderful Lap Swim Program, summer programs for children to learn how to swim, and for families to have fun together.  Mingus Park Pool is also the aquatic center for Marshfield High School's swim team, Gold Coast swim team, and the newly formed Southwestern Oregon Community College swim team.


Mingus Park Pool was first established in 1949.  The swimming pool was redone in 1998 through donations from Mrs. Vera Richter.  The Mingus Park Pool Bath House was rebuilt in 1999 from general obligation bonds.  The pool is a public infrastructure maintained and operated by a private group organization, Mingus Park Pool Management.  The pool is 25 yards by 45 feet, 6 lanes, 3.5-8 feet in depth and is heated to between 81 and 83 degrees F (27-28 C).

Mingus Park Pool 2014 Fall Schedule


Neighborhood pocket park

Eastside park is located between "D" and "E"  street off 5th Avenue. Size of the park is .9 acres and is considered to be a neighborhood pocket park. No off street parking availabe at this time; paved switch-back trail from "D" street on the north; unimproved access.

Playground, open grass, picnic tables and portable restroom.


Neighborhood Pocket Park

The park sits adjacent to the Fire Hall and is within one half block of Newmark and the Empire business area. Many community activies are held at Ed Lund Park; such as the "Clamboree"


Quiet, motor free natural beauty.

John Topits Park, in the northwestern section of Coos Bay, is a 120 acre natural area encompassing the Empire Lakes and protected coastal dune and forest land. No motor boats are permitted on the lakes. However, there is a launch for canoes, kayaks and other non-motorized boats. There are 5.5 miles of pedestrian and cycling trails. The Empire Lakes are home to a variety of fish (Bass, Blugill, Perch, Catfish), waterfowl and birds.

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Park master plans provide the public a way to help determine the best uses for a specific site and to optimize management of the site's resources. We use your input combined with analyses of current trends and future needs identified in the National Recreation and Parks Association guide to help craft a long-range blueprint for use of a park site.

The plan serves as a long-range vision for future and current development and programming of park assets. Issues typically addressed include planned park elements, natural and cultural resource management, and general design concerns.


The Histroric Hollering Place Wayside was recently developed in 2010 and is off Empire Boulevard. Nice location to sit and enjoy lunch.

Before the first Europeans sailed into the Coos Bay estuary, the Hollering Place was the center for transportation, commerce and, without a doubt, communication. By establishing a village named Hanisitch (place of the Hanis) on the narrowest crossing of the Coos Bay estuary, the area’s original inhabitants recognized the value of this location anyone traveling along the coast. Southbound travelers would holler across to the village and someone would paddle over to provide passage. Located on the deepest water in the west bay, the Hollering Place became the site of the first European settlement in what would later become Coos County.  


Historically, the cemetery served as the Coos Bay region’s primary burying ground in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

On July 14, 1888, the wealthy community landowner C. H. Merchant sold a piece of hillside property to the newly established Odd Fellows Cemetery Association for the sum of $350. The cemetery was officially dedicated as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Cemetery in 1891 -- a community burying ground for citizens of Empire, Marshfield, and North Bend. During its primary period of use, from the late 1880’s until 1930, over 2000 people were buried in the cemetery. During this period, most burials were hand-recorded in a set of two logbooks kept by the I.O.O.F. Cemetery Association’s secretary.

Marshfield Pioneer Cemetery Website


Overseeing, developing and protecting our parks

The Parks Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council in the planning and development of city parks.  Commissioners are appointed by the City Council and serve four-year terms.  

 The Commission meets monthly or as needed.Agendas & Minutes  ORDINANCE

Christine Coles 12/31/2015
Beverly Meyers 12/31/2016
Ariann Lyons 12/31/2018
Carmen Matthews 12/31/2016
Bill Otton 12/31/2018
Patty Scott 12/31/2016
Ralph Mohr  12/31/2018
Thomas Leahy 11/20/2018