Community Day at Civic

By Anne Elorriaga
About 1500 people attended the Civic Community Day to remember historic Civic Stadium and celebrate plans for a new stadium in South Eugene.

The Eugene Civic Alliance, a non-profit that owns the 10-acre Civic Stadium property, organized the family-friendly event to share plans of a new recreational venue for youth. The free community event ran from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 4, at 2077 Willamette St. in Eugene.

Nancy Webber, a member of ECA's Director Advisory Board, helped organize the event. “The purpose of today is to let people on the Civic Stadium site; no one has been here since the fire," Webber said. "There is a lot of emotion out there that needs to be expressed." She added, "We want to let the community know what we are doing."

The event included 14 community booths, nine food vendors, kids' games and activity zones, and a stage for music performances from One More Time Marching Band, Beautiful Wrecks, and the surprise artist Lafa Taylor.

Claire Bierman, a Eugene resident, soaked up the sun and enjoyed playing in the kids' activity zone with her children.“I’m super excited," she said. "We have two kids that are going to start playing sports in the next few years. It’s conveniently located and it’s a community activity. I am definitely going to utilize it."

ECA is planning a campaign to fund the new sports complex through donations from private individuals and foundations. Eugene Civic Park is the unofficial name for the new complex, but the name may change over time.

John Galas, sporting director and head coach of Lane United Football Club, said the semi-professional soccer team will play at Eugene Civic Park after it’s completion. “It will be a great community and family entertainment center," Galas said. "It will be accessible to everyone in the Eugene-Springfield community, which, first and foremost, is a goal for Lane United." He added, "The ECA has every intention, when they rebuild, to pay tribute to the history and legacy of the old Civic Stadium, and I think they will do a great job."