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.

The Parks Department receives guidance from the Park Commission.

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  • Q:

    × Can I reserve a gazebo or picnic table at Mingus Park?

    The amphitheater and adjacent gazebo, near the swimming pool, can be reserved with a Special Event Application; there is no fee for this. The gazebo by the children's play area and picnic tables at Mingus Park are not able to be reserved, but are available on a first-come first-served basis. Please be courteous so that everyone can enjoy the facilities.

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    × Is smoking allowed in parks?

    Smoking is not allowed within 25 feet of designated play structures within any city park, and not allowed at all in Mingus Park. The boundaries of Mingus Park 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.

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    × What times are the parks open?

    Mingus Park is open to the public 24/7. All other parks and public areas are for day use only, so open from dawn to dusk.

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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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    × Can I camp in any of the parks?

    Camping is not allowed in city parks. The only exceptions are for a city of Coos Bay park host, or a group with permission via a special events permit from Public Works and Development Department.

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Downtown's gorgeous park, oriental garden, playgrounds and fountain pool has something for everyone

Red Bridge at Mingus Park

Mingus Park is 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 east, playgrounds to the south, an oriental flower garden to the west, and a skate park, tennis court and baseball field to the southeast. Mingus Park is a favorite with walkers who stroll along the paved trail that borders the water and winds through the tranquil Choshi Gardents. Children romp on the two playgrounds and visitors enjoy the picnic areas. Fountains in the center of the lake are lit with underwater lights at night, making them a beautiful feature in the late evening. Aquatic birds make the lake a home year-round, and visitors often bring bread scraps to feed them. The Friends of Mingus Park coordinate with local veterinarians for an Waterfowl Emergency Fund to help offset the cost for treatment of injured or sick waterfowl that call Mingus Park their home.

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.

Walking at Mingus Park

Mingus Park Map

Disc Golf Course Map


Nestled in the middle of 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 and the Gold Coast swim team.

Mingus Park Pool



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 Website


Quiet, 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 gas powered boats are permitted on the lakes making it a popular place for canoes, kayaks, and other motorized boats. There are 5.5 miles of pedestrian and cycling trails. The Empire Lakes are home to a variety of fish (bass, bluegill, perch,catfish), waterfowl and birds.

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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


Pocket parks in residential areas

Neighborhood pocket parks provide a smaller, more intimate place for the nearby community to gather, play, and enjoy a small oasis. Neighbors can visit, children can play, and everyone can enjoy a green space in the middle of the neighborhood.

Eastside Park

Eastside's neighborhood park has a playground, open grass, baseball backstop, picnic tables and a portable restroom. The park is located between D and E  streets off of 5th Avenue. The park is just less than an acre in size. The access is unimproved and there is no off-street parking available. There is a paved switch-back trail from D street on the north.

Ed Lund Park

Empire's Ed Lund Park is adjacent to the Fire Hall and is within one half block of Newmark and the Empire business area. There is a children's play area, a large lawn, horseshoe pits, picnic tables and benches. Many community activies are held at Ed Lund Park, most notably the annual Empire Clamboree.

Taylor/Wasson Park

On the northwest part of the city, Taylor/Wasson Park is at the intersection of Taylor Avenue and N. Wasson Street. The park has large trees shading a children's play area and picnic tables.

Windy Hill Park

Eastside neighborhood park has an outdoor tennis court and a view of the Isthmus Slough drawbridge, along with colorful seasonal flowers.


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 Parks Commission meets monthly or as needed.

Agendas & Minutes

  Parks Commission Municipal Code 2.30

Bill Davis [ Planning Rep.] 12/31/2024
Beverly Meyers 12/31/2024
Ariann Lyons 12/31/2022
Colleen "CoCo" Sutton 12/31/2024
Bill Otton 12/31/2022
Patty Scott 12/31/2024
Sam Crowley 12/31/2022
Carmen Matthews [Council Rep.] 12/15/2022


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.

The Parks Commission follows the Parks Master Plan.


Long-range vision for our parks

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. 

Download the 2013 Parks Master Plan
Appendix A: Adopted Park Master Plans (PROS 1987/91)
Appendix B: Public Involvement Results
Appendix C: Recreation Needs Assessment