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Farmer’s market pavilion grows in downtown Eugene

Rachael McDonald
Crews at work on the farmer's market pavilion taking shape in downtown Eugene.

As soon as this spring, a new year-round farmer’s market pavilion will open in downtown Eugene.

Construction is progressing quickly as crews assemble the pavilion on the northwest Park Block along East 8th Avenue. It's being built with cross-laminated Timber, from DR Johnson in Riddle. The large pieces arrive on a truck and come together quickly.

“It feels like the building is constructed out of the values of the project,” said Will Dowdy, Community Development Director with the City of Eugene.

“And so having something that’s a local product for a building that’s going to sell local produce has just been one of the things that has made the project feel like it’s really humming along and it’s going to be something that’s really great for the community,” he said.

The farmer’s market pavilion is part of a larger Town Square project in the works. Dowdy said he hopes the pavilion is a catalyst for energy and interest in downtown Eugene. He said the cost is estimated at $9.3 million in urban renewal dollars.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.