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Lawmakers award $11 million to Eugene projects

In 2019, three new streets were named as part of the Riverfront Park project.

The riverfront park project will receive $5 million and more than $3 million will go to the new safe sleep sites project.

Posted: Jun 30, 2021 11:19 AM
Updated: Jun 30, 2021 12:34 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers have set aside $11 million to help fund Eugene projects such as safe sleep sites and the Downtown Riverfront Park project.

Mayor Lucy Vinis and state representatives will hold a news conference at the Downtown Riverfront Park site on July 1, and staff will lead a tour of the site afterward.

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The safe sleep sites project will receive $3.25 million for acquiring and developing land for shelters, and an additional $250,000 will be used for temporary camping site development. The sites will provide legal places for members of the homeless community to sleep in tents or in their vehicles. Social service providers will manage the sites. For a list of sites being considered, CLICK HERE.

Meanwhile, the Downtown Riverfront Park project will receive $5 million to close a funding gap for the second phase of the redevelopment work, which includes the plaza and playground. Phase one of the project is scheduled to open in August.

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A total of $2 million will go to Eugene-Springfield Fire for the development of a firefighter apprenticeship program, and $150,000 will go to evaluating and planning out broadband internet needs. The city will also be seeking federal and private funding to expand broadband in the community.

Lastly, $350,000 is slated for purchasing a Eugene Police Department Crisis Negotiation vehicle to support the team.

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