The City of Eugene is launching a project with the goal of “making downtown a better place for all.” They will be working with Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization known for their Placemaking approach. PPS is an internationally known non-profit that has a long history of helping communities transform public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.
With community-based participation at its center, the Placemaking process is meant to give community stakeholders the chance to voice their own ideas and aspirations about the places they inhabit. This public engagement effort will focus on existing public spaces downtown including the Park Blocks, the Plaza at the Hult, Broadway Plaza (Kesey Square), and the Library Plaza, as well as the pedestrian paths that link them.
Events continue into this weekend.
Placemaking with Fred Kent and Open House
Thursday, October 13 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at LCC Downtown Campus
Learn about creating memorable public places from national expert Fred Kent of the Project for Public Spaces and provide input on key downtown spaces at the open house event.
Placemaking Workshops (RSVP needed)
Wednesday, October 12 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Hult Center Studio, 1 Eugene Center
Saturday, October 15 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Atrium Lobby, 99 W. 10th Ave
Dive a little deeper into the placemaking process and join a workshop that will take participants on a tour of downtown public spaces and collect feedback. Registration is required
Pop-Up Placemaking Stations
Thursday, October 13 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Kesey Square (Broadway Plaza)
Friday, October 14 8:30 – 10:30 am Market of Choice, 2580 Willakenzie Rd, Eugene, OR 97401
Saturday, October 15 8:30 – 11:00 am Lane County Farmers Market, 8th Avenue and Oak Street
Saturday, October 15 7:00 – 8:00 pm Hult Center Lobby, 1 Eugene Center
Provide your input, thoughts and suggestions on downtown public spaces at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JV66HQ8.
Downtown is Eugene’s civic center and the economic, cultural and governmental focus of the region. Parks and open spaces play a critical role in the vitality of the area and how people experience downtown. In June 2016, the Eugene City Council approved an ordinance making the downtown Park Blocks and other open spaces eligible for up to $5.2 million of urban renewal funding for improvements. Before funding is allocated, however, the Council wants to hear from the community.