Downtown Riverfront Park

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Park now open!

After decades of visioning, the City of Eugene has fulfilled a long-held goal of turning the former EWEB utility operations yard into a vibrant, active, and accessible riverfront park that reconnects Downtown to the Willamette River and serves as a regional destination.

The three-acre Downtown Riverfront Park is urban in character balanced by riverbank and habitat enhancements. The park design, which included input from thousands of community members, features broad river views, new bicycle and pedestrian paths, covered seating and overlooks. 

Funding for the Downtown Riverfront Park development comes from the 2018 Parks and Recreation Bond, Urban Renewal Agency funds and Public Works capital funds. Ongoing maintenance of the park is being funded by the 2018 Parks and Recreation Levy.

For more information on the rest of the Downtown Riverfront projects, including the neighborhood and Steam Plant redevelopment, visit

Award-Winning Park Design

  • 2022 Honor Award, General Design - American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), 
  • 2022 Oregon People's Choice Award, Landscape - American Institute of Architects (AIA), Willamette Valley 

These professional associations recognize and celebrate landscape design and architecture throughout the Willamette Valley and beyond. 

We are grateful for the recognition of this complex project that transformed a private, post-industrial site into a waterfront park reconnecting downtown to the river. Much credit and many thanks go to the community members who helped shape the vision of this park and the design team led by Walker Macy.

Plaza Design

With the recent opening of the Downtown Riverfront Park (yay!), we are turning our attention to the adjacent future plaza space

Plaza design will be completed in 2023, with one year of construction anticipated to begin in Spring of 2024. When the riverfront property is fully developed, the one-acre park plaza will be nestled between multi-family housing buildings and a restaurant.

  1. Design Team

The City retained Walker Macy as the design consultant. Walker Macy has been providing landscape architecture, urban design, and planning services since 1976. They specialize in providing creative solutions that transform public and private spaces into successful urban plazas, parks, and waterfront revitalization projects. They have received 31 awards from the Oregon chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and 2 National ASLA Merit Awards. Notable projects include the Ankeny Plaza, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and the South Waterfront Park in Portland. 

The team assembled included a range of technical and design sub-consultants who specialize in: public outreach, public art, environmental toxicology, river’s edge permitting, geotechnical, architecture, site and cultural history, and more.

  1. Public Involvement
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  1. Eugene's 2022 Legacy
Map showing park at riverfront near eweb builing, access from 4th ave, 5th ave and 8th ave