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Eugene considers new park in Santa Clara neighborhood

City officials say they are planning to build a 35-acre park in the vacant lot next to Wilkes Dr.

Posted: Feb 19, 2020 8:30 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Santa Clara neighborhood in Eugene could be getting a new park, but they’re asking the community for their input.

City officials say they are planning to build a 35-acre park in the vacant lot next to Wilkes Drive. They say they hope to include a large playground, sports fields, a dog park or a community garden.

Officials have owned the property since the 1990s and have always wanted to build a community park in the lot.

After voters passed the Parks and Open Spaces bond levy in 2018, officials said a chunk of the money was allocated to Parks and Open Spaces to get the project going.

Officials say they will use $4 million from the bond levy for phase one.

Angel Sanchez, who lives nearby the lot, said a park is needed in the area.

“There are a lot of kids around, kinda got big roads to walk on,” said Sanchez. “People drive really fast, but a park would hopefully slow them down."

However, other neighbors are worried it would attract more crime to the neighborhood.

"It attracts the homeless people,” said Don Henderson, another neighbor. “It's right next to a school. I feel like the students will be in danger."

Officials hosted a community workshop Wednesday to get feedback from neighbors about their concerns.

They say there are no drawings or renderings available yet because they’re waiting to hear from the public.

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