EUGENE, Ore. — Ground in broken and construction is under way. If all goes according to schedule, the Nobel Peace Park will open this November.
Five years ago, Eugene City Council approved the plan. It set aside two acres at Alton Baker Park and very soon.
In the course of a month, you can see the progress. A concrete wall is up and masons are carefully placing rocks to cover it. An “S” shaped wall lines the Peace Path.
The park will feature 24 plaques, each representing American winners of the Nobel Peace Prize like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and former U.S. President’s Jimmy Carter and Theodore Roosevelt.
It’s the first Nobel Peace Park in the U.S. and organizers say it’s long overdue.
“These are America’s internationally recognized peace makers in this country. This is the first time, as a group, they will be recognized for what they did,” said John Attig, President if the Nobel Peace Laureate Project.
The goal of the park is to inspire peace.
The park is funded solely by donations and in-kind contributions totaling $250,000, and fundraising efforts continue.
If all goes according to schedule, the park will be complete by Thanksgiving, and then come spring, plants, flowers and shrubs will be planted.