You are invited to imagine the Park Blocks as Eugene Town Square.
Help us co-create a new public space at the heart of our city:
- Date: Wednesday, May 22
- Time: 5-9 p.m., presentations at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- Location: Whirled Pies (199 W. 8th Ave.)
- More info: There will be interactive activities for all ages and refreshments will be served
- Website: Eugene Town Square
Eugene residents will have an opportunity to envision a new future for this downtown public space at the Imagination Lab. The Concept Design Team, led by Cameron McCarthy Landscape Architecture and Planning, will guide community members through an interactive program that will dig into the values and visions that the community has for the future Town Square. This event kicks off the public involvement process, which will continue throughout the summer.
The Eugene Town Square project will transform the Park Blocks into a dynamic public place, bringing our diverse community together year-round. The restoration of the northwest Park Block, covered for decades by a parking garage, will be the home of a permanent, all-season Lane County Farmers Market and a new site for the Eugene City Hall. Improvements to the southern Park Blocks will maximize accessibility for our community and allow the vibrant Eugene Saturday Market to continue to thrive.
From its inception, the area of the Park Blocks has continuously changed to suit the needs of the community. Eugene’s founders set aside the Park Blocks for civic use. Since then, the Park Blocks have evolved to become the heart of Downtown, hosting the Lane County Farmer’s Market and the Eugene Saturday Market. Outside of market day and programmed events however, the Park Blocks often look forgotten, standing underutilized but full of potential.
If you can’t join us in person on May 22, please visit the project website to learn more about the project and give us your ideas!