Downtown Riverfront Park

Where the Willamette Meets the City

As a community, we trace our origins to the river. Eugene Skinner created his first plat for this city located along the Willamette River’s southern bank, but severe floods forced him to higher ground. He drew a second map of Eugene with the Downtown Park Blocks as its centerpiece and the city took its first step away from the water’s edge, leaving Eugene’s riverfront to be primarily populated by industry for the next 150 years.

One of the priorities the City heard most clearly in talking to the community about the future of parks and recreation in Eugene, is providing access to the river – for everything from recreation to simply enjoying the views. The 3 acre Downtown Riverfront Park will be the heart of the greater riverfront development that reimagines a new, vibrant future and will, once again, unite our city with the river.

The Downtown Riverfront Park is all about making connections – not just to downtown, but up and down the river as part of the 12-mile riverfront path system. Across the river, only minutes away by way of the Peter DeFazio Bridge, this park will complement all the features of the 373 acre Alton Baker Park, making both sides of the river part of the riverfront experience.

The conceptual design phase is expected to be completed in fall 2018. Project permitting and construction documentation will follow, with park construction expected to begin in 2020. The goal is to have transformed this industrial site into a vibrant Downtown Riverfront Park for current and future generations to enjoy, and just in time for the 2021 World Track and Field Championships.

Information about the 16-acre Downtown Riverfront Redevelopment can be found at

Survey #1 Results

We received more than 1,700 responses from the community about how they envision the Downtown Riverfront Park. Here are some of the highlights:

infographic of survey results

Survey #2 and #3

These surveys have closed and the team is at work analyzing the results. We look forward to sharing highlights of the survey results soon. 

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