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City Club of Eugene: Why Playgrounds Are Worth The Price

Program date: June 11, 2021

Air date: June 14, 2021

In 2018, Eugene voters approved a Bond Measure that would produce more than $39 million for parks, recreation centers, and playgrounds. By the end of this year, about a dozen projects will be complete. Earlier, the City spent more than $1.1 million on renovations at Amazon playground. Many remember playgrounds of yore, where kids were glad to find a metal slide, a set of big swings, and a merry-go-round with a puddle filling the rut around it. What have we learned that makes us willing to invest so much more now in child’s play?   The City of Eugene’s Emily Proudfoot will explain and discuss.


Emily Proudfoot has been a Landscape Architect for City of Eugene Parks for over 20 years.  In that time, she has worked on park projects throughout the community. She is currently managing the Downtown Riverfront Park project, a $14 million-dollar effort to connect Downtown Eugene back to the Willamette River.  She also leads a team of four design professionals, manages the City’s Parks and Open Space Capital program, and is a member of the City’s Public Art Committee.  Emily earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon.

First questioner Kaarin Knudson AIA, is an architect specializing in sustainable urban design. She teaches in the UO College of Design and is a founding director of Better Homes Together. Kaarin is also the president-elect of City Club of Eugene.