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Posted on: October 17, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Skatepark Named Project of the Year

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The Washington Jefferson Skatepark + Urban Plaza has been named Project of the Year by the Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). In presenting the award to the City of Eugene, the AWPA noted the exceptional work in the construction of a skatepark. The award also recognizes 2G Construction, the project’s contractor, and Dreamland Skateparks, LLC, the design consultant.

Members of the review subcommittee said they enjoyed learning about the WJ project, and described it as “being most deserving of this award.” The project was judged in the category of Structures in the Less than $5 Million Division.

The award affirms that the WJ Skatepark + Urban Plaza is no ordinary skatepark. It is the realization of the collective vision held by thousands of local youth for more than a decade. It took a strong public-private partnership between the City of Eugene, Eugene Parks Foundation, Skaters for Eugene Skateparks and the Rotary Club of Eugene to raise more than $335,000 in private funding to help bring the vision to life.

The WJ Skatepark + Urban Plaza is the largest covered and lighted public skatepark in the country and since its opening in June, has become a destination for enthusiasts from around the country, joining the ranks of Eugene’s many world-class sporting venues. For more information, contact Sandy Shaffer at 541-682-6348 or sandy.l.shaffer@ci.eugene.or.us.

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