EUGENE, Ore. -- The city of Eugene is planning a major expansion at the Campbell Community Center, and they're looking to use bond money to make it happen.
City officials said the building, located near Skinner Butte, is currently 5,000 square feet, which is too small for the thousands of people they serve each year. They plan to double the size of the facility by building a fitness center and making improvements to the office space, lobby and meeting areas.
The expansion stems from a $39 million bond that was passed last year to improve various parks and recreation spaces. They said they will be using about $5 million from the bond for the expansion at Campbell.
Martha Jason, who goes to the center every week, told KEZI 9 News the expansion is long overdue.
"We need a little more space out there,” Jason said. "It gets so crowded that it almost can't be a conversation place because it's just so crowded in and everybody's just scooting, scooting, scooting."
City officials said about 70-80,000 people utilize their senior services throughout Eugene every year, with most of them going to the Campbell Community Center.
Crews hope to start construction by this spring or summer and hope to finish it by the end of summer 2020. City officials plan to reach out to the public in the coming weeks to find out what people want to see in the expansion.
The Campbell Community Center has been in Eugene since 1964. It’s the one of the first senior centers on the west coast.