EUGENE, Ore. -- Three years after Civic Stadium burned to the ground, Civic Alliance has raised enough money to officially break ground on Civic Park.
Officials with Civic Alliance set out to raise $30 million to build the park.
Right now, they're at around $23 million but have reached the 80 percent mark to start construction.
Derek Johnson, co-executive director of Eugene Civic Alliance, said over the next year they will be focusing on raising that final $7 million with help from the community.
"There have been a lot of people over the years saying 'Can you do it? Can you do it? Is it going to happen?'" Johnson said. "Well, it's happening, and those people who have been sitting on the sidelines, we expect they'll come up to us and say we want to be a part of this. So, it's going to take a lot of work. We need to raise some money. We're going to do it."
Dirt work and leveling is scheduled to be done by winter, and crews will begin construction on buildings in the spring.
To celebrate the milestone, Civic Alliance is holding a community groundbreaking ceremony Sunday, October 7.
"We're asking everybody to bring their shovels," Johnson said. "Everybody can bring their shovels and move a bit of dirt here at Civic Stadium. It's for the community, so we want everybody involved. There will be stuff for the kids to do. We'll have music. We'll have food, and we'll have people here telling everyone what will be happening here over the next 18 months."
The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at Civic Park across from South Eugene High School.