A groundbreaking at Campbell
At Campbell Community Center, Celeste Campbell’s legacy will once again be invested in. The second oldest senior center on the west coast has seen many changes since it was first gifted to the City in the 1960s, but over the next year Campbell will get its biggest addition and renovation to make it a home for Eugene’s seniors for decades to come. Groundbreaking on the north end of the property is scheduled to begin in late August. In September, early site development and excavation will start and construction on the 5,745 square-foot expansion is scheduled to begin in January 2020. We’re hopeful the unveiling of the new-look Campbell will happen in the fall of 2020.
Adding fitness space at Campbell has always been a top priority for Eugene Rec, and the addition will include a fitness center, exercise rooms, a meeting/class room and storage. Also included in the project are enhancements to the current building, including an improved entrance, a new courtyard, a reconstructed lobby and a larger arts room.
A renewed downtown riverfront
Bookending the Willamette River project zone is the Steam Plant and Downtown Riverfront Park site. The transformation of the former EWEB industrial area into a vibrant new park and neighborhood began in the spring with building demolition and continues through the end of this construction season with significant grading, removal of non-native invasive plants and replanting of more than 24,000 native plants, bulbs and shrubs along the river bank.
“We’re in this awesome spot in the river,” Public Works Principle Landscape Architect Emily Proudfoot said. “We’ll be creating sightlines while enhancing the bank.”
This season’s work is an important step for the second phase when the new park features will be installed. The 3-acre park will open in 2021. With thousands weighing in last year, a design concept emerged for the Downtown Riverfront Park that’s fundamentally urban in character and balanced by riverbank and habitat enhancements. Broad river views, new bicycle and pedestrian paths, seating and overlooks will highlight the park design and integrated art pieces will help tell the stories about the ecology, industry and community of Eugene.