EUGENE, Ore. -- City leaders hope to hear from the public before they open a new park in northeast Eugene in the fall of 2021.
Currently they plan to spend $3.5 million on Striker Field Park near Crescent Avenue. Early concept designs for the roughly eight-acre park include sports courts, a playground and more.
Mark Lerfald, who lives nearby, said the park would be a great addition to the neighborhood.
"It's a diamond in the rough. It's been sitting here undeveloped, and I think it's wonderful the city is going to develop it," Lerfald said.
Todd Cole is the president of the Crescent Meadows Homeowners Association. He said while many residents are looking forward to the new park, they're worried about parking. The early designs don't include a parking lot, and Cole said residents are worried park visitors could end up parking on residential streets.
"Homeowners are concerned because it does impact property values and livability in the neighborhood," Cole said.
Mark Kosmos, a landscape architect for the city of Eugene, said they are aware of the parking concerns and are looking at ways to solve the issue.
He said the design concepts will evolve based on community feedback.
A community workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gilham Community Church.
Two other workshops were held earlier in the year and Kosmos said during the July 10 workshop, they will give an update on the parking situation.
"What we want to do is look at some parking options and let everyone knows what's being considered," Kosmos said.
Kosmos said they also plan to do a fourth meeting in the fall and do a survey with residents.
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