Scoberg Gardens park will be renovated in the coming years

The city of Eugene met with neighbors Tuesday to discuss the future of Scoberg Gardens park.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2017 6:39 PM
Updated: Dec. 5, 2017 8:58 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore.-- The city of Eugene met with members of the Whiteaker community Tuesday to discuss the future of a park known for its homeless and drug problems.

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People who live in the area told KEZI Scobern Gardens Park has become a mecca for people who are drinking or doing drugs.

Neighbors are complaining about everything from thefts to hit and runs and even public defecation.

On Tuesday- they hope the city of eugene will hear their call for help and make the park a safer place for everyone.

"We've had people going to the bathroom in our yard. You know, in our driveway. We've had people hit our cars." Sue Dockstader, a neighbor said.

Dockstader lives near the park. She said one of the biggest things needed here is a public restroom.

City staff said they're welcoming any and all ideas.

 "We know that we need to talk about it for a while and really focus on... what do we want to have happen here? And that's really about... what do the neighbors want to have happen here," Emily Proudfoot, an architect with the city said.

If you have a good suggestion and want your voice heard, visit the city's website

City staff says renovations are not likely to happen for a few more years.

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