EUGENE, Ore. — Local skaters, construction workers and volunteers from the city of Eugene spent the morning tearing down a 40-year-old playground to make room for a new skate park. It’s been a project six years in the making.
A group called Skaters for Eugene Skate Parks spent years working to get a skate park designed and built under the Washington Jefferson Street Bridge.
“It’s been a long process, but we finally have all the funds and this is really the piece we’ve been waiting for, we’re now tearing something down to build something really amazing here,” said Matt Koehler, president of Skaters for Eugene Skate Parks.
The park will span from the horse shoe pits to the basketball courts, replacing an unused playground under the bridge.
More than a dozen of the volunteers were from a local construction firm, pitching in because they wanted to see a change come to the park.
Skaters in town won’t have to wait long before the park is finished and open to the public.
“Hopefully weather permitting and everything going like it should, at the start of fall we’ll have a beautiful destination park,” Koehler said.
The excitement about the new park isn’t contained just to Eugene, but it’s spread across the state.
“This will draw and attract visitors and it’s one of the few covered facilities in the Northwest, so it’s going to be very popular and exciting,” Koehler said.