EUGENE, Ore. — The first ever Nobel Peace Park in the U.S. is on track to officially open in Eugene this weekend.
Five years ago, Eugene City Council approved a two-acre parcel of land for the first of its kind park in the U.S. Surrounded by nature and the soothing sound of water, it’s the perfect setting for the Nobel Peace Park.
Construction on the project started last year, and it’s wrapping up.
On Saturday, the cardboard will come, revealing 24 plaques each representing American winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Theodore Roosevelt.
The hope is this park will be an source of inspiration and peace.
“These are folks who have ended wars, prevented other wars, aided the victims of war, and tried to create the conditions that reduce the reasons for conflict,” said John Attig, Nobel Peace Park Founder.
And there’s room to add more plaques. For now, the focus is finishing the park. Friends of Trees will plant 13 trees Friday. Flowers and shrubs will follow.
The public is invited to attend the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at 11 a.m. followed by a peace festival at Wellspring Friends School.