crowd of people at a little red pop up event

2017 Bright Ideas in Government

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized the Little Red and the Pop-up community engagement events as part of the 2017 Bright Ideas in Government initiative.

In an eye-catching VW inspired trailer with games and free ice cream, staff set the tone for a decidedly different type of interaction than a typical public meeting. Little Red spontaneously popped up at 40 community hubs throughout Eugene at events, parks and retail parking lots, successfully reaching more than 4,000 residents in its first two summers of operation.

2018 Achievement in Community Engagement Award

The State of Oregon’s Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee selected the City of Eugene as a recipient of the esteemed Achievement in Community Engagement (ACE) Award.

The ACE Award was given in recognition of the Latino/a community focused engagement efforts in the development of the Parks and Recreation System Plan. These efforts were orchestrated by City of Eugene’s Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement (now known as Office of Equity & Community Engagement), Parks and Open Space Division and Recreation Services Division.

In the creation of the Parks and Recreation System Plan, it was imperative to engage the public in the process and more than 12,000 community members provided input. When it comes to community engagement, one size does not fit all so different methods were used to ensure that underrepresented voices were heard.

2018 Award of Excellence in Analysis and Planning

American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) Oregon 2018 Award of Excellence in Analysis and Planning.

2018 Outstanding Planning Award

The Oregon Recreation and Park Association (ORPA) 2018 Outstanding Planning Award.