The Park Blocks are a living legacy of the forethought and civic spirit of the earliest founders of Eugene. The area, located in the heart of downtown, is a critical component of Eugene’s identity and economic health. It is also home to two beloved organizations, the Saturday Market and the Lane County Farmers’ Market, and a key part of the Willamette to Willamette initiative. Improving these spaces and increasing the opportunities for desired activities downtown requires a focused, strategic investment in the amenities, character, and public identity of the Park Blocks, as well as the other key public open spaces downtown. The first step of this project will be asking the community about their hopes and vision for our town square, and conducting a needs assessment in our growing downtown neighborhood. The results of that work will help inform plans to implement the community vision. The improvement area could be limited to the Park Blocks or have a broader approach, and include other key downtown open spaces: Hult Plaza, Broadway Plaza, the plaza at the new City Hall, the new riverfront park, and the pedestrian path system in between these places.
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The public engagement results will guide the specific improvements to be made. Information provided by the City Council as well as feedback from the downtown solutions forum, and prior planning work was used to estimate possible costs for a range of improvements. The Urban Renewal amendment makes the project eligible for up to $5.2 million of urban renewal funds, with an estimated range from $1 million to $5.2 million.
Projects for Public Spaces will present their findings to City Council on Wednesday, February 15.
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