The Park Blocks are a living legacy of the forethought and civic spirit of the earliest founders of Eugene. The area, located in the heart of downtown, is home to two beloved organizations, the Eugene Saturday Market and the Lane County Farmers Market, and a key part of the Willamette to Willamette initiative. As part of the Eugene Town Square, the Park Blocks will become the centerpiece to a vibrant public space downtown that will bring new life to Downtown Eugene.
The public engagement results will guide the specific improvements to be made. Information provided by the City Council as well as feedback from the downtown solutions forum, and prior planning work was used to estimate possible costs for a range of improvements. The Urban Renewal amendment makes the project eligible for up to $5.2 million of urban renewal funds, with an estimated range from $1 million to $5.2 million.
The project is currently in the community engagement and project scoping phase. Prior to any funding decisions being made there will be opportunities for public input. For up-to-date information on the Park Blocks and the Eugene Town Square, visit www.eugenetownsquare.org.