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Eugene nearing end of design phase for Downtown Riverfront Park

City officials and design teams presented their latest concepts for the Downtown Riverfront Park to local designers and architects on Tuesday evening.

Posted: Feb 12, 2019 11:24 PM
Updated: Feb 12, 2019 11:42 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Updated design concepts for the Downtown Riverfront Park were presented on Tuesday evening for park stakeholders and local designers.

City officials presented the original concept art for the Downtown Riverfront in September.

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Since then they have taken feedback from the community and worked that into these latest concepts.

Tuesday night's meeting was all about presenting what they've come up with and getting feedback from local architects and landscape designers.

Their main focus for this project is the park itself, taking a look at the walking and bike paths as well as artwork to be installed in the area.

They're aiming to have the park completed before the 2021 world track and field championship, and after receiving feedback from Tuesday's meeting, Principal Architect Emily Proudfoot said the next step is to create a final design.

"I think we're going to have a really good idea about pretty much exactly what it's going to look like by the end of this summer," Proudfoot said. "We're going to have construction documents ready to go out to bid this fall."

Once those designs have been completed, city crews will begin work on riverfront enhancements this summer, such as removing invasive species and replanting the area with native plants.

Proudfoot said once those crews have completed their initial work, the city will begin construction in 2020 and should have the park completed in the spring of 2021.

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