River Road Newsletter August 2011

1. List of upcoming events, including National Night Out and Concert in the Park2. SCRROL – Looking for Volunteers, Host neighborhood gatherings

3. RRCO August meeting – Emergency Preparedness
4. RRCO Pancake Breakfast
5. RRCO September meeting – Graffiti, gangs, drugs, homelessness, etc.
6. Bike/ped information
7. River Road and Santa Clara parks

August 2:

National Night Out – Co-hosted by Santa Clara-River Road Outreach and Learning project (SCRROL) and North Eugene High School.
6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at NEHS. Eugene Police Department Caravan, focusing on Crime Prevention and Safety. Entertainment by the Junction City Polka Band (half of the members from Santa Clara) Check the RRCO website to view the flyer for NNO – . NEHS, SCRROL, and the surrounding business community are joining forces to foster good relationships in the neighborhood and prepare for a new academic year at North.

August 4:

Santa Clara Community Organization (SCCO) meeting – featuring vacant lands study (areas of potential development in the next 20 years);
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.,
Messiah Lutheran Church (3280 River Road)

August 8:

RRCO meeting – Envision Eugene (See expanded information below) and Emergency Preparedness
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.,
River Road Annex (1055 River Road)

August 11:

Santa Clara’s first Concert in the Park – SCRROL & Samba Ja;
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Awbrey Park

September 1:

SCCO meeting;
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Messiah Lutheran Church (3280 River Rd)

September 10:

RRCO Pancake Breakfast;
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
River Road Annex (1055 River Road) Need volunteers to flip pancakes, arrange flowers, loan pancake griddles, sign in neighbors. Contact Bev Barr to volunteer. Bring the family and meet your neighbors.

September 12:

RRCO meeting;
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
River Road Annex (1055 River Road).

The Santa Clara-River Road Outreach and Learning Project (SCRROL) Leadership Team has participated in some neighborhood events and engaged in lively conversations about priorities. We are looking for hosts for small neighborhood gatherings of friends and family. SCRROL will bring maps of our neighborhoods and facilitate discussions so we can learn about your concerns and hopes for the future of our area. Contact us at info@scrrol.org to volunteer to host a party between now and the end of September.

SCRROL will be tabling at National Night Out, RRCO and SCCO meetings, the Concert in the Park, the RRCO Pancake Breakfast., and at Emerald Park on Lake Drive for the musical event,
Rainy Day Blues and Valley Boys, Monday, September 5, 3-7 pm

We look forward to seeing you everywhere.

May we add your e-mail address to the SCRROL list? You would receive notices of upcoming community events where we will be tabling, when forums will be held, and where neighborhood coffees are scheduled.

Here’s how to contact SCRROL.

Santa Clara ~ River Road Outreach and Learning (SCRROL)

Tell us your story for sharing with neighbors, sign up to volunteer or to host a coffee on the Website. http://www.scrrol.org

Friend us on Facebook. http://www.scrrol.org/facebook/

Email: info@scrrol.org

SCRROL Chair: Jerry Finigan (SC) jerry@scrrol.org
Secretary: Carleen Reilly (RR) carleen@scrrol.org

RRCO Board and General Meeting
August 8, 2011, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
River Road Annex, 1055 River Road

*Envision Eugene – See lower portion of this e-mail for complete description.

Emergency Preparedness – Kate Kelly and Jan Spencer are coordinating program.

Join us for a lively discussion about emergency preparedness. We will share some more traditional tools from Patence Winningham from the City of Eugene, including the 72 hour kit, CERTs information and how to make a family plan with more locally focused ideas from Jan Spencer and Randy Prince around connecting with your neighbors and pooling resources. We will also share our own Geoff Simmons’s new book that covers issues not normally discussed. There will be lots of tools and time for questions. Please join us for this important and timely conversation.

Contact Co-Chairs Jon Belcher or Carleen Reilly if you have questions.

RRCO Pancake Breakfast – Year 2 – September 10 – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. River Road Annex, Need Volunteers.

RRCO Board and General Meeting
September 12, 2011, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

River Road Annex, 1055 River Road

Following up on the theme from National Night Out and from the concerns expressed by our neighbors about graffiti, crime, homeless campsites, gangs, and drugs, we will be useful presenting information and an opportunity for neighbors to ask questions and share their experiences. We hope to unify and take action to protect ourselves, our neighbors, and our property.

All RRCO meetings are open to the public with a public comment period at each meeting.

*August 8 – RRCO – Envision Eugene

City staff from the Envision Eugene project will provide an update on the progress of our community’s plan for how we will grow over the next 20 years. Over the past year, Envision Eugene collected community input through workshops, surveys, art contests, and a Community Resource Group that included several neighborhood leaders (three from RRCO; four from SCCO). That input informed the creation of a draft proposal – Envision Eugene: A Legacy of Livability that was released in March 2011.

The project is now moving into a more detailed look at how and where businesses, jobs and homes for 34,000 new residents will be accommodated over the next two decades. In the last few months, a Technical Resource Group of community members has been working with city staff to examine data and help determine future land need for homes and businesses. Understanding how much and what type of land is available for future homes, businesses, and public use brings the project closer to a true land need over the next twenty years.

If you are unable to make the August 8th meeting, a series of open houses are being held in the Atrium Building, 99 West 10th Avenue, this summer, on the first Wednesdays of July, August, and September from 3?6 pm. These informal drop-in events are a great way to learn about the project and talk with city staff about your questions. And while you’re downtown, you can check out Summer in the City events that start at 5pm.

Bike and Pedestrian Planning could affect your way of life in River Road – (Follow up from July meeting)

The City of Eugene is about to release a draft Eugene Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan designed to guide the construction of new bicycle facilities and new sidewalks over the next 20 years. There are many projects proposed for the River Road neighborhood that have the potential of improving getting around the ‘hood by alternative modes. Hopefully, they will be implemented in a way that is compatible with the rural nature of the area. Take a look at what is proposed at http://www.eugenepedbikeplan.org/ and give City staff your thoughts. In addition – reply to this email and ask to be added to our Bike/Ped email list. We will keep you up to date on what is happening and how you can join with your neighbors to plan an even better River Road Community.

River Road and Santa Clara Parks

For a fun look at all the City Parks in the River Road and Santa clara area, go to the website:


Don’t forget our own Emerald Park on Lake Drive. And we also have some County parks in Santa Clara. Come to a SCRROL event and locate all of our beautiful parks on our maps.

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The regular meetings of RRCO are USUALLY the Second Monday of each month. Contact Carleen Reilly at carleenr@gmail.com or Jon Belcher at jbelcher@efn.org for more information.

Carleen Reilly, Co-Chair
River Road Community Organization
395 Marion Ln.
Eugene, OR 97404