Brief background on Civic Stadium
Civic Stadium property totals 10.2 acres and is currently zoned PL (Public Land).

Work began in June of 1938 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) effort and utilized old-growth, Douglas Fir in the grandstand construction. The title to the stadium property was deeded over to the Eugene Public School District 4J on June 13th, 1938 to "be used as a recreation area for the School District and for the municipality".

The stadium was used by the Eugene Emeralds minor league baseball team from 1969 to 2009.

The stadium was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009 for Criterion A for it's "initial and continued contribution to the entertainment and recreational needs of Eugene and the surrounding communities in the Pacific Northwest".
Friendly Area Neighbors support for Eugene Civic Alliance
To Whom It May Concern,

At our most recent, regular meeting (Monday, September 8th 2014) the Friendly Area Neighbors (FAN) Executive Board listened to Derek Johnson and Nancy Webber of the Eugene Civic Alliance describe their plans to restore the historic Civic grandstand and pursue an appropriately-sized and phased redevelopment of the remaining property. Following a group conversation and some questions & answers, present FAN Board members voted unanimously to support the stated Eugene Civic Alliance goals. The vision that was shared encompasses the purchase of the historic, Civic Stadium site from the City of Eugene (via Eugene 4J School District) for the purpose of restoring the grandstands and thoughtfully redeveloping the remaining property to serve the recreational, commercial, and social needs of the neighborhood & community.

Civic Stadium directly contributes to the character and identity of Friendly Neighborhood, South Willamette Street, and Eugene. FAN supports preservation and adaptive re-use of the historic grandstands. The site is a gateway to Amazon Park and nearby bike and running paths and can continue to serve as a historic and improved "landmark ambassador" to our "...Great City for the Arts and Outdoors". FAN recognizes the importance of this site as it relates to area transportation and land use. Although the Eugene Civic Alliance plan is still evolving, the timing seems appropriate for FAN to state our support. FAN is intent on remaining informed of and participating in decision-making processes that involve Civic Stadium and site. As actively involved stake-holders whose neighborhood boundaries include the Civic site, and whose purpose is supporting community and neighborhood livability FAN anticipates the ongoing development process will include regular opportunities for involvement and participation by FAN residents and the board with a shared goal of a successful, locally-driven and community-envisioned redevelopment of the area.

Civic Stadium has stood as a community landmark for 75 years. Work began in June of 1938 as a Works Progress Administration effort and utilized old-growth, Douglas Fir in the grandstand construction. The title to the stadium property was deeded over to the Eugene Public School District 4J on June 13th, 1938 to "be used as a recreation area for the School District and for the municipality.". The stadium was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009 under Criterion A for its "initial and continued contribution to the entertainment and recreational needs of Eugene and the surrounding communities in the Pacific Northwest.".

The community conversation on the future of Civic has been a long process, but necessarily so...as the issues and process are complex and involve many stake-holders. Most any discussion of Civic touches on multiple, significant community issues such as land use, historic preservation, neighborhood livability, transportation, open space, and more. At each of these steps, committed and passionate volunteers, especially the Friends of Civic Stadium, have consistently kept their collective eye on the ball...and advocated for the preservation and re-use of the historic grandstands as a community space. For years the FAN board has been involved in the Civic conversation and made ongoing effort to promote awareness and preservation of the historic grandstands and the development of an achievable, community vision for the future uses of the Civic site. The board has regularly solicited and included updated information on Civic Stadium from residents, community organizations, and school district officials.

In June of 2013, the Friendly Area Neighbors (FAN) Executive Board voted unanimously in support of the following motion: "The Friendly Area Neighbors (FAN) Board encourages the Eugene City Council and local leaders to hold a work session to consider the full range of potential impacts (such as economic, transportation, and community character) resulting from any future redevelopment of the Civic Stadium properties." FAN continues to encourage community leaders and everyday citizens to consider the potential environmental, economic, and social equity benefits that could result from a thoughtful recreational and commercial redevelopment of the site. A thoughtful plan and process could provide opportunities for appropriately-scaled businesses to serve nearby neighbors and visitors to the area as well as create opportunities for area families and children to participate in physical exercise via additional KIDSports facilities and watch sporting events such as men's and women's soccer. It is exciting to learn that Eugene Civic Alliance is aligned to achieve these goals.

Eugene Civic Alliance, along with the ongoing efforts of the Friends of Civic Stadium, merit support as together we work to realize a measured, common-sense approach to achieving a shared vision for the ongoing community use of Civic.

Additional information

Zoning map
including Civic Stadium (approximately Willamette and 21st Avenue)

History of Civic Stadium

South Willamette Subarea Study This is the only City of Eugene Refinement Plan to include the Civic Stadium property. One of the recommendations identified in this study is: "The School District-owned Civic Stadium and bus garage property is appropriately designated for medium density residential development on the Metro Plan Diagram, but should remain zoned Public Land as long as the Civic Stadium use remains."

Minutes from the June 10, 2013 FAN Board meeting

Civic Stadium timeline

4J School District web page on Civic Stadium

Friends of Civic Stadium website

Get Involved!
Attend a Eugene City Council meeting and submit oral or written public testimony. You may also send an email to mayorcouncilandcitymanager@ci.eugene.or.us.

Attend a FAN Board meeting and provide public testimony. The beginning of each regular, monthly FAN Board meeting is devoted to public comment.

Provide feedback to the 4J School District Board. The board encourages public input. For questions and information please call 541-790-7706. Comments may be sent to board@4j.lane.edu.

Write a letter to one of our local newspapers (include your name, address and a phone number):

Register-Guard - Letters to the Editor (rgletters@registerguard.com)
Eugene Weekly - Letters to the Editor (editor@eugeneweekly.com)

Tell a friend!

City of Eugene Historic Review Board (HRB) motion on Civic
At the Thursday, July 25th 2013 meeting of the City of Eugene's Historic Review Board, the following motion was passed:

"The City of Eugene's Historic Review Board affirms the significance of Civic Stadium both as a historic resource and also as a long-time gathering place for the community. We encourage the Eugene City Council to hold a work session on the subject."

The motion was moved by Andrew Fisher and seconded by Sara Palmer. The motion was passed unanimously (one board member was absent):

Steven Baker (absent)
Ellen Currier
Andrew Fisher, Chair
Heather Kliever
Sara Palmer
Barbara Perrin
Friendly Area Neighbors (FAN) Board motion and letter on Civic
Honorable Mayor, Eugene City Councilors, and City Manager:

In June of 2013, the Friendly Area Neighbors (FAN) Executive Board voted unanimously in support of the following motion:

"The Friendly Area Neighbors (FAN) Board encourages the Eugene City Council and local leaders to hold a work session to consider the full range of potential impacts (such as economic, transportation, and community character) resulting from any future redevelopment of the Civic Stadium properties."

Civic Stadium has served as a community landmark for almost 75 years. It directly contributes to the character and identity of our neighborhood.

The Friendly Area Neighbors have regularly solicited and included updated information on Civic Stadium from residents, community organizations, and school district officials in our quarterly Friendly Area Neighborhood Newsletter. In addition, our neighborhood association organized and facilitated a "Civic Vision" general meeting in April of 2010 to explore the potential impacts of redevelopment. This meeting was well-attended by not only neighborhood residents but also many stake-holders including representatives from 4J School District, the City of Eugene, Kidsports, Eugene YMCA, and others.

We encourage the Eugene City Council to thoughtfully consider the Civic Stadium properties though the lens of the triple bottom line in order to provide valuable feedback and guidance to our neighborhood and the larger community in regards to the potential environmental, economic, and social equity impacts that could result from redevelopment.

The Friendly Area Neighbors also recognizes that any future development of the Civic Stadium properties will most certainly relate to the pillars of Envision Eugene, in particular:

- "Protect, repair, and enhance neighborhood livability"
- "Provide ample economic opportunities for all community members"
- "Provide for adaptable, flexible, and collaborative implementation"

In light of the public processes that has been engaged in relation to the Willamette Street Rehabilitation Project (19th to 24th), the South Willamette Street Improvement Plan (24th to 29th), and the South Willamette Concept Plan, the FAN Board feels the time is appropriate to engage a thoughtful examination and broad discussion of this significantly large portion of land close to our city's core.

Thank you for your ongoing service to our community.

Sincerely,

- Carlos Barrera
Chair, Friendly Area Neighbors

- Andrew Fisher
Vice-Chair, Friendly Area Neighbors

(NOTE: an electronic version of this letter is available on the FAN website at: http://www.FriendlyAreaNeighbors.org/civic.html)