Community members invited to share feedback via survey, public events
The Golden Gardens design team received feedback from more than 800 community members and neighbors in response to how they envision the future 223-acre space. The first set of draft designs will be revealed at the next public meeting on Tuesday, May 2.
“With sports facilities, family gathering areas, conservation efforts and more, we’re trying to balance a lot of different needs at this park,” said Mark Kosmos, Parks and Open Space project manager. “The designs each do that in different ways, and we’re looking forward to seeing what folks think.”
Residents can see the draft designs and share their perspectives from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 2 at Prairie Mountain School. The City will provide another opportunity to share feedback during an online session May 10 from 12-1 p.m. An online survey will be available at engage.eugene-or.gov/goldengardens.
The drafts incorporated feedback from the first public meeting and survey this winter as well as interviews with existing park users and representatives of sports, environmental, and neighborhood organizations and input from a multistakeholder advisory group.
Phase 1 construction, which could start in 2026, would include infrastructure and one or two sports fields funded by the 2018 Parks and Recreation Bond and Levy. Future park development would occur as more funds become available for construction and maintenance, likely in five to 15 years.
Participants can RSVP for the in-person event, register for the online event, sign up to receive future project updates, and learn more at engage.eugene-or.gov/goldengardens.
About Golden Gardens Park
Golden Gardens Park is currently accessed from the intersection of Golden Gardens Street and Jessen Drive, north of Barger Drive. Golden Gardens was identified as a critical location to develop a sports complex that meets the needs of the growing community.
The ponds at the center were originally gravel pits used for construction of Beltline Road in the 1950s. The city began acquiring portions of the park in the 1970s. A series of drownings catalyzed efforts in the mid-2000s to increase safety, improve habitat, and promote more activity at the park. In 2007, the city acquired 170 acres for the park with funding from the 2006 Parks and Open Space bond measure. Much of the added acreage has been farmed under a lease agreement while the park awaits development.
What: Golden Gardens Park: Three Draft Designs (in person)
When: Tuesday, May 2, from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Prairie Mountain School cafeteria (5305 Royal Ave., Eugene, OR 97402)
This is a family friendly event with food and drinks provided. Spanish interpretation available. RSVP requested.
What: Golden Gardens Park: Three Draft Designs (online)
When: Wednesday, May 10, from noon - 1 p.m.
Where: Online, register to receive link