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Places for People

in Downtown Eugene!

Imagine downtown Eugene as a place where all community members feel safe, comfortable and welcome.

In partnership with Project for Public Spaces, the City of Eugene is launching a project with the goal of making downtown a better place for all. We are starting by re-imagining our downtown parks, squares and sidewalks as active, vital destinations. It should be a place everyone wants to be any day of the year; to come together, to meet, relax and have fun. A downtown that is the true heart and soul of Eugene. A thriving cultural, commercial and community center.

Imagine …
families heading downtown to have fun,
theater-goers lingering downtown for dinner after a show,
sidewalks alive with musicians, vendors, and outdoor dining, and
people of all ages enjoying music in the park.

Imagine… the kind of place where WE ALL want to be!

Now, help make it a reality/ happen!
  • Join a Placemaking Workshop!
  • Enjoy a Pop-Up Placemaking Event!
  • Complete a Survey!

Upcoming Events!


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 needed, use the links below:
  • Eventbrite - Places for People Downtown Eugene Workshop Eventbrite - Places for People Downtown Eugene Workshop

Pop-Up Placemaking Stations -

Dates and Locations Coming Soon!
  • Stop by a Pop-Up Placemaking Station and tell us what you think. Stations will be set-up throughout Eugene to collect community input.

Online Survey -

Coming Soon!
Beginning in October, an online survey will be available for people to provide their input, thoughts and suggestions on downtown public spaces.
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.

As part of a broad public engagement process, community members are being invited to help create a vision of what’s best for the downtown parks and open spaces and provide input on what improvements are most important to them.

Starting in August 2016, the City began working with the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) on a public engagement effort 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. 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.

PPS began a series of interviews and focus groups in August with key downtown stakeholders and has conducted an observational study of the current uses of downtown public spaces. In addition, “pop-up” Placemaking Stations were set up in downtown Eugene to collect input from community members. The station was located at the Plaza at the Hult and LTD’s downtown station. Larger community conversations and workshops on downtown parks and open spaces will be scheduled this October to gather more community input.
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