Roseburg is home to several public parks, gardens, memorial sites and public art displays, offering visitors special places to enjoy.
Douglas County Parks
The Douglas County Parks Department, the first in Oregon, has over 50 parks in the system, ranging from large facilities with overnight camping to small boat launching access points. In addition, Douglas County is home to numerous parks operated by the U.S Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, the State of Oregon, and local communities. 1036 SE Douglas St, Rm 116, Roseburg OR. 97470, 541-957-7001
Discovery Garden / Douglas County Master Gardeners
The Discovery Garden is sponsored by the Oregon State University Extension Service and the Douglas County Master Gardeners. Their goal is to provide a year-round educational garden and teaching facility. Open to the public, the garden is located near River Forks Park. Take I-5 exit #125 and head west on Garden Valley Boulevard, following the signs to River Forks Park.
Japanese-American Friendship Garden/Sister Cities
Since 1993, the Roseburg Sister Cities program has sponsored exchange visits with Kuki (formerly known as Shobu), Japan. The Japanese-American Friendship Garden is located between the Douglas County Library and Deer Creek. It is an ongoing project honoring the Sister Cities program. In addition, gifts given to Roseburg as part of an annual Gift Exchange are on display at Roseburg City Hall. A bronze sculpture of a mother horse and her colt was created by Kuki artist Toshio Ogino and is located in front of City Hall. An identical statue stands in Kuki.
Blue Star Memorial Marker
The VA Medical Center Rose Garden is the site of a Blue Star Memorial Marker. The Blue Star Memorial Highway project was begun in 1945 to serve as a living memorial to all men and women who served or are serving in the armed forces. A blue star is the centerpiece of the memorial plaque and symbolizes the blue star service flag that hung in the windows of homes during World War II. The Rose Garden memorial marker, dedicated in September 2000, is the 45th Blue Star Marker in Oregon. The VA Medical Center is located off I-5 at exit #125. Another Blue Star Memorial Marker is at the Glide Community Center.
Major General Marion E. Carl Memorial
Located at the Roseburg Regional Airport - Major General Marion E. Carl Memorial Airfield. The memorial was dedicated on June 12, 1999 to honor General Carl, one of our country's most decorated war veterans and an honored aviator. Visitors from throughout the nation attended the dedication. During World War II, General Carl became the first Marine flying ace. Altogether he downed 18 enemy planes. He twice won the Navy Cross and was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and 14 Air Medals. During his 34 years with the Marine Corps General Carl logged 14,000 flight hours and piloted 260 different types of aircraft. In July 2001, Carl was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. The airport is just east of I-5 from exit 125 or 127.
VFW Remembrance Wall
Patrick W. Kelley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2468 of Roseburg, Oregon is proud to host one of the first QR code driven remembrance walls ever created. Up to 6,000 veterans names and bio information can be placed on the wall on a laser etched plaque. A smartphone or tablet can be used to read the QR linking to the website with complete information of each veteran. The wall is located next to the VFW Post 2468 at 1127 NW Walnut St., Roseburg, 541 672-9716.
Umpqua Valley Commemorative Historical Marker
Umpqua Regional Historical Marker has a history of its own, a majestically routed wood sign, made from native Port Orford cedar and by master craftsmen. The Umpqua Region Historical Marker tells it's tales through panels of colorful text and graphics mounted on cedar frames and posts that reflect the changing perspective of history in the Land of Umpqua. It is Oregon's first Regional Commemorative Marker, a project of the Oregon Travel Information Council. It is located in Riverside Park just outside of the Roseburg Visitor Center on Spruce Street.
This outdoor art collection has become a pleasing attraction for visitors and a source of pride for local residents since the first murals were painted in 1991. Now more than a dozen murals are featured on buildings in downtown Roseburg. Mural subjects include Roseburg's early retail merchants and landmarks, Douglas County's timber resources, agricultural products and scenic attractions, and the Applegate Trail. A walking tour brochure is available at the Roseburg Visitor Center.
Elkton Oregon's Butterfly Pavilion, come observe Butterfly life and cycle, walk in the park among Oregon trees and shrubs and simply enjoy the gardens. The Butterfly Pavilion is located at 15850 Highway 38 West in Elkton. From Roseburg travel north on I-5 to exit 136, take Hwy 138 west to Elkton.
This stately American Elm has stood watch over the Douglas County Courthouse for some 100 years. A designated Oregon Heritage Tree, the elm was a gift from former U.S. Congressman Binger Hermann. Photos from 1902 show a young elm about 6-8 feet tall, but the exact date of its planting is unknown. A marker is at the site.
Roseburg Blast Monument and Walking Tour
In the early morning hours of August 7, 1959, Roseburg's downtown area was rocked by a blast that forever changed the face of the businesses and homes within a 30 block radius. The explosion, created when a parked truck loaded with dynamite and ammonium nitrate caught fire, left a crater fifty-two feet in diameter and twelve feet deep. Fourteen people died in "The Blast", as the explosion is commonly known. The Walking Tour documents the visible changes to downtown Roseburg. The Blast Monument, located on the west side of Pine Street between Oak Avenue and Washington Avenue, marks the Blast site. Pick up your Walking Tour Map at the Roseburg Visitors Center.