Eugene Shares Ideas For New "Town Square" Downtown

Jul 17, 2019

The City of Eugene wants to transform the downtown park blocks into what it calls a “Town Square”.

Will Dowdy is the city’s urban Development Manager. He says the Town Square concept combines energy around the restoration of the downtown park blocks, a permanent home for the Lane County Farmer’s market and a new Eugene City Hall.

A portion of the sketch for design 1 of the town square concept.
Credit City of Eugene

“So all those things come together in this space,” says Dowdy, “What we are doing right now is we’re talking to folks. We’ve been talking to people about what they have as needs and aspirations for this space and that conversation has turned into now, into designs.”

City staff and a team from the firm Cameron McCarthy have created three sketches of possible town square designs. The idea is to take public input and then come back with a single design concept in the fall. 

The public can take a look at the designs at a block party Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the downtown Eugene park blocks.