EUGENE, Ore. — Dozens of community members attended the Lane Event’s Center “Master Plan” planning session Thursday night to offer suggestions and recommendations for the future of the fairgrounds.
During the meeting, which lasted about an hour and a half, people had the opportunity to speak at the microphone. The suggestions were then written down and posted publicly for others to give feedback.
There were several different ideas about the use of the property. The one that received the most positive feedback was the prospect of building the Eugene Emeralds baseball stadium. In December, Lane County Council agreed to continue these discussions.
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People also recommended concerts, youth sports facilities and accommodation, although the accommodation suggestion was not widely accepted by those in the room.
Ted Coopman is the president of Jefferson Westside Neighbors, the fairgrounds neighborhood association. He said he felt confident about the decision-making process so far.
“A lot of times the public process…is performative, it’s like they’re going through the motions of the public process,” Coopman said. “They’ve decided what they’re going to do in advance, and now they’re going to go ahead and do it and they can say they’ve had a public process. That hasn’t been our experience working with Lane Events Center.â
The LEC marketing manager said this process was fluid, so from there the leaders of the teams involved will continue to collect data on what might be the best decision. She said there was no rock-solid timeline.
No decision has been made tonight.
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