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Designs for Eugene's Riverfront Park revealed

Over a hundred people attended a public meeting to review the design concepts.

Posted: Jul 19, 2018 11:40 AM
Updated: Jul 20, 2018 12:19 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Over a hundred people packed EWEB headquarters on Thursday night to see new design concepts for a future park on the downtown riverfront.

Leaders from the city's design team walked the audience through three different visions, answering questions and allowing people to vote on which one they liked best. Officials said the designs were the result of feedback they got from more than 1,700 community members.

The concepts are named: "Winding Paths," "Urban Amphitheater," and "River Terraces."

After the meeting, reviews seemed mostly positive.

"I think my only complaint or concern is we're getting right up to the river but we're not actually getting into the river," Salmon Norgaard-Stroich said. "I want to see the project have more access into the river."

"Eugene's got an awful lot of -- right across the river the trail system at Alton Baker Park -- the natural stuff," Charlie McKenna said. "So I guess something that's a little more urban."

The 4-acre city-owned park will be a key feature of the redevelopment project undertaken by the city and its lead developer, Portland-based Williams/Dame and Associates.

Emily Proudfoot, the city's project manager, said the final design plans will be unveiled at a celebration on Sept. 27. She said they hope to break ground in 2020 and be open in time for the IAAF World Championships in 2021.

The estimated cost of the park is between $10-12 million, Proudfoot said.

If you couldn't attend the meeting, you can take an online survey by clicking here.

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