Look at this 3 minute movie of all the fun from River Celebration 2023 on Saturday September 23. See if you can see yourself!
(new post every day till it starts!)
Play Beanbag toss win real prizes from Locally Owned Businesses – Lonches to Go, Lube It USA, River Road 2nd Hand, Paramont Sewing & Vac, Panaderia Y Peposteria Bendicion, and more. Also prizes for kids!
Spoken Words from authors and readers with a shady place to listen near the Grove (Hazelnut Grove area). Here is the schedule:
|SPOKEN WORD area (in THE GROVE)|
|12:20||Gabriel Gallon “Through Dalton’s Eyes” a Story of Science|
|12:40||AUTHORS Sandi Goldie & Jim Bronson “Gray Love”|
|1:00||AUTHOR Margo Solod “Washed Up in the Waves” |
Chidren’s rhyming children’s book
|1:30||Ravi Logan: Discussion circle – Transition to a new Era: humanity at a cross road|
|2:15||Drasmin – poetry|
|2:30||Jan Spencer: Discussion circle – Permaculture|
|3:00||What do the Kalapuya people have to teach US |
about FLOURISHING into the 21st century ?
|3:30||Brenda Wills reading several children’s picture books|
|3:50||Culminating circle with Drums from Merry Lane|
Here is the Big Picture
Celebrate the River and our Neighborhood!
|Highlights of the day 3 centers of activity along the west bank path starting at noon|
Merry Lane (just north of the duck pond)
Yoga, Edgu, Ecstatic dance, Sacred dance, drumming
River Road Community Organization
North Eugene Ready Disaster Preparedness
Conversations with authors
Apple Press (bring apples and jugs)
River Road Recreation Center(with Popcorn machine).
Corn Hole with prizes from community businesses
Trash pickup relay race
Crafts and rock painting
Childrens’ activities all day – art and hands-on science
Native plants give away
Bee hive demo and honey tasting
Produce share table
This is Kayapula land
Willamette River Keepers
4 pm closing drums and appreciations
This is the personal opinion of one board member.
Dear city government –
I understand you are debating whether to finance a stadium facility for the Ems, although I wasn’t able to see any documentation about this transaction on the COE website. Some argue that supporting sports franchises helps the community and are culturally valuable institutions. However, this franchise would siphon local money out of our community into the pockets of the Elmore Sports Group, Ltd.which has no real stake in our resilience and sustainability.
When I worked on my PhD in Urban Studies, I came across academic research that shows no benefit to city economic development. For example:
“Across the nation, franchises have argued that building a new stadium will lead to economic development in the form of increased incomes, jobs and tax revenues. However, the preponderance of academic research has disputed these claims. This article looks at the benefits and costs of building a stadium and discusses why the economic development argument has failed to stand up to academic scrutiny. Stadium seeking franchises are now shying away from making economic development claims in light of the strong research findings. Franchises are able to make quality of life arguments and, given the monopoly power of the major sports leagues, cities are responding by competing for a limited number of franchises by offering to fund stadiums.” (https://gardner.utah.edu/_documents/publications/finance-tax/pp-funding-sports-stadiums.pdf).
Given the current budget woes of the city and county, there is no justification for turning over resources to a private, profit-making corporation. What is the ROI? Would the city see tax revenues for the owner’s profits? How long would it take to refill the coffers? Can you make an economic argument to your constituents?
I think a comparable investment in a cooperative enterprise incubator would be far more generative economically, socially and culturally.
Sincerely, Clare Strawn, PhD
There was discussion at the last RRCO General Meeting about the proposed new stadium for the EMS. As a newcomer to the City of Eugene (less than 5 years) I was curious and asked a friend who sent me the link below and some highlights that I found helpful. Perhaps others will as well. —— Brenda Wills, RRCO Board Member
Here are main points:
There are both scheduling and facilities issues that make sharing PK Park no longer possible. The new full-season schedule format means that both teams need the stadium at the same time. The Ducks use the PK locker room and facilities until they finish their season, which results in the Emeralds without access to the home facilities until well into their season.
Even more importantly, PK Park does not provide a visiting locker room, or other facilities to meet the MLB minimum requirements for High A Teams. Currently the Ems rent construction trailers to house players, trainers, coaches and female staff. The Ems did approach the UO about expansion potential, but without an additional practice field and facilities, it’s not possible to share PK Park.
The relationship between Major League Baseball and a team’s community is a partnership. The league pays for the talent on the field, signing the players, paying their salary and health insurance, housing, meals, and associated costs. The community is responsible for providing a suitable place for them to play.
The proposal for a new stadium in Eugene is a collaborative effort between the team and the community. The Ems will be sharing financially in the cost of construction and operation of the new multi-use stadium with the community (see below). The new building will be available year around for much more than baseball. In addition to the support of youth sporting and many charitable events, the new facility will be available as an arts and concert venue, as well as an emergency response site for disasters such as wildfires and other events requiring evacuation and temporary service delivery. The Ems have agreed to be the operator of the new stadium, which contributes significantly to pay ongoing costs.
The plan for financing the new stadium does NOT include any increase in local property taxes.
We have been working with Lane County for about two years to develop a funding plan and have made all of our information public in meetings with the Lane County Commissioners. The original cost was much lower but over the time of planning for the new stadium construction costs have increased significantly.
The current estimate is about $90M to build the new stadium/multi-use facility, and about $10M to replace the existing livestock barn which will be displaced with a new stadium.
To date, the confirmed funding plan totals $57.5M including:
- $35M in tourism taxes
- $13.5M direct payment from the Ems
- $7.5M allocation from the State of Oregon
- $1.5M allocation from the Federal government
We are working hard to secure a contribution from the City of Eugene, which will help close this gap. Additionally, the funding plan includes a request to the State or Oregon for an additional contribution, and a large private sponsorship as part of naming the stadium. Together, these contributions will close the gap.
At noon on Tuesday, Aug 15, classes in the pool were cancelled re smoke. Please give a call to the rec center to confirm your class is happening during these extreme smoke conditions. Phone: (541) 461-7777. Website https://www.rrpark.org/ today at 1:40 said:
Due to the poor air quality, the Park District is taking the following measures.
- The Aquatics facility is closed.
- Community Center and Annex Adult Recreation classes after 12 PM are cancelled.
- Community Center Summer Camps will close @ 4 PM.
- Gymnastics NW is operating as usual.
- Community Center and Annex Adult Recreation classes are cancelled.
- Gymnastics NW will re-evaluate and notify participants.
- Live Music Concert cancelled.
Please check our website or call us for updates and questions. Be safe!!