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Bottom Of The 9th For Civic Stadium Preservers

Jes Burns

People who want to save Eugene's historic baseball park are making a last ditch effort. They're raising money in hopes to convince city leaders to purchase Civic Stadium.

The goal is to raise 1 point 2 million dollars. The money would go toward purchase and restoration of the 10 acre site in South Eugene. Friends of Civic Stadium wants to preserve the playing field and 75 year old wooden grandstand. The non-profit has been fighting to preserve Civic for years. Dennis Hebert is president of the organization.

Hebert: "This is a big push right now. We know it's the 11th hour kind of thing, bottom of the 9th. But what this would do would show everyone that the community is in support of wanting to save the stadium and use it as a venue for the future."

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Civic Stadium before the departure of the Eugene Emeraldss in 2009.

The money raised would go into an ESCROW account and be refunded to donors if Civic is demolished.

The Eugene City Council has tabled discussion of whether to make a bid for Civic. It's owned by Eugene 4J School District. The bids it's gotten so far are from Eugene YMCA and a developer who wants to put a Fred Meyer there.

 A kickoff event for the Save Civic fundraiser is planned for Wednesday evening at Tsunami Books in Eugene.

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.
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