An inviting and accessible public park along the Willamette River has long been envisioned as a critical component to creating a new riverfront neighborhood district in downtown Eugene. This park will create an access point to the riverfront for the whole Eugene community, as well as provide an anchor amenity for the new development district.
Beautiful design details are beginning to emerge as the consultant team from Walker Macy Landscape Architects continues to the refine the design. In particular, the idea of a ‘cultural landscape’ is taking shape as detailed interpretive art pieces are being designed to tell important historical, cultural and ecological stories important to this location.
“My vision as both a landscape architect and an artist has always been that the stories of this place be told through experiential art instead of sign boards. So I’m really excited about the work that our consulting artist and interpretive content staff are doing to make this place emerge as a whole new place that’s rooted in our history. It’s going to be a wonderful and uniquely Eugene Riverfront Park experience,” says Emily Proudfoot, Principal Landscape Architect for this project.
Ready for Oregon21
The park is on track to be constructed and ready to welcome the world for the 2021 World Track and Field Championships. In many ways, the park is the cornerstone of Eugene’s 2021 efforts. The relationship of the park to downtown Eugene and the University of Oregon puts it squarely on the path to and from the event. And the park and adjoining downtown Riverfront may be the location of a cultural legacy festival—celebrating the athletes, the world gathering, the story of Eugene and its beloved river. Aspects of the park that may be most suited to donor participation include river viewpoints, interpretive elements, public art, and the pavilion.