Heated Debate Over Kesey Square Curfew

EUGENE, Ore. — The debate over the potential closure of Kesey Square was heated at times at Monday night’s public hearing.6-9 kesey square

The closure as currently constructed would be from 11 p-m to 6 a-m.

It would make it illegal to hang out in Kesey.

Councilor Mike Clark argued Kesey should be classified as a park.

That would make it subject to park rules, which are already closed overnight.

Councilor Claire Syrett said that closing the square would shut people out.

Here’s what the community had to say on the issue:

“I want a place where I can assemble and speak freely. I want to be able to go down to Kesey Square at three in the morning and read a book,” said Eugene resident, Emily Semple.

“I think what you’re really talking about is trying to create another tool to keep people out of downtown who disrupt business,” said Eugene resident, Jennifer Frenzer-Knowlton.

No decision was made Monday night — but the council plans to revisit the topic before summer break.

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