The State of Oregon’s Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee recently 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, 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.
Outreach efforts included face-to-face engagement with more than 350 individuals at Latino/a oriented events, programs and businesses. A second phase of in-depth interviews were conducted with local families, which were organized with the help of local non-profit groups.
As a result, the System Plan includes recommendations that will help break down barriers that local Latino/a communities encounter when using our parks and recreation facilities as well as creating more culturally inclusive and welcoming environments.