Voting for Eugene riverfront street names begins Sunday

Open suggestions closed Friday with a total of 1,112 ideas submitted.

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 6:09 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2019 6:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- After collecting over a thousand suggested street names from the community, starting Sunday the city of Eugene will be giving residents the chance to vote on what to call three new streets in the downtown riverfront development.

The roads will connect to Riverfront Park. The city began taking suggestions for potential names on the Engage Eugene online platform. Open suggestions closed Friday with a total of 1,112 ideas submitted. The next phase of voting will begin after staff curate 10 to 20 street names.

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"The full range of 'Eugeney' is in there. I think it will be interesting to see what our final street names are. And I think there are 1,000-plus options that are fitting," said Caitlin Estes with the city of Eugene.

Names related to track legend Steve Prefontaine were especially popular suggestions. Names like "Tracktown Way" also honored Eugene's reputation as Tracktown USA. University of Oregon athletics also made an appearance with names like "Duck Drive" and "Mariota Way."

Names representing Eugenian public figures and popular culture were represented as well, with "Mims Lane" and "Knight Way" being suggested several times.

"Roady McRoadface" was another popular option.

According to Eugene native Marissa Morse, the ultimate selections should reflect Eugene's unique character. 

"The weirdness of Eugene. Something we all understand like an inside joke. And something that's funny and interesting," she said.

Voting will conclude on Oct. 11. The six most popular choices will head to Mayor Lucy Vinis's desk, who will make the final three selections.

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