River Road Community Update #210

By Carleen Reilly

April Fool’s has passed, and it feels a lot like Spring out there. We’ve resumed our morning walks and had to adjust our clothing to 53 degree temperatures.

Neighborhood Planning Community Events – April 7 and April 10. Your RSVP is anxiously anticipated for another crucial gathering of neighbors to review draft policies and contribute to activities to implement these policies. Here is your link to RSVP!

You should have received a letter from our wonderful CAC Co-Chairs Louisa de Heer and Kate Perle, encouraging you to attend the Community Events.

Where: North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane

When: Sunday, April 7, open house 2:30-3 pm, workshop 3-5 pm or
Wednesday, April 10, open house 5:30-6 pm, workshop 6-8 pm

Who: Community members, including businesses and neighbors who care about the future of River Road and Santa Clara

Food and Activities for Children will be provided.

We will review and verify that neighbors’ ideas are reflected in draft policies. You can suggest actions (in addition to actions already submitted) for implementation. Everyone is needed, whether you’ve been involved right along or are new to the process!

Volunteers are requested to distribute flyers to neighbors and post at businesses. I have flyers and posters. A few tablers could still be utilized for April 3, 4, and 5, plus a Saturday shift. Contact Eric.g.brown@ci.eugene.or.us if you want to table.

River Road Corridor Survey. Take the survey. It is very informative, attractive, and surprisingly easy to take.

Bike Safety pilot project. A short segment on KLCC this morning noted a pilot project at the corner of 18th and Alder allowing bicyclists to enter the queue to cross the street without stopping to push a button or position their bikes in a special place to trigger the signal light. Perhaps we could have another pilot intersection in the River Road area. Check it out.

Pedestrian deaths. I failed last week to post a link to an NPR article I heard on KLCC. It, too, is short but informative.

Plastics Roundup. A massive success at Emerald Park on March 31. Watch for a report in the coming weeks.


  • WEDNESDAY, April 3, 6:00 p.m., Eug-Art404. Visitors are welcome, but an RSVP is requested. Seats are limited at the Filling Station. RSVP Meisha Linwood: kdxsnook [at] yahoo [dot] com.
  • THURSDAY, April 4, 7:00. Santa Clara Community Organization. Messiah Lutheran Church, 3280 River Road. Topics: Eugene School District Local Option Levy; planning for Awbrey Park Wildflower Walk and Community Celebration; update on RR/SC Neighborhood Planning.
  • SUNDAY, April 7, open house at 2:30, workshop 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Neighborhood Planning Public Event. North Eugene High School. Please RSVP.
  • MONDAY, April 8, 7:00 p.m. River Road Community Organization General Membership. Election of board members, announcements from candidates in May election, plus more.
  • WEDNESDAY, April 10, open house at 5:30, workshop 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Neighborhood Planning Public Event. North Eugene High School. Please RSVP
  • MONDAY, April 15, 7:00 p.m. River Road Community Organization Board meeting.
  • TUESDAY, April 16, 5:30 to 8:30, NEHS Building design meeting. This is the third stage of the School Design Vision & Values Workshop series.
  • SATURDAY, April 20, Willamette River Cleanup. More information later.
  • MONDAY, May 8, 2019, 5:30 p.m. Eugene City Council Work Session, RR/SC NP. Harris Hall.

Disclaimer: The RR CRG weekly messages are my personal views and interpretation of community events and neighborhood planning efforts. I am not a Board member of RRCO (River Road Community Organization); SCRRIPT (Santa Clara-River Road Implementation Planning Team) has transitioned leadership to the Community Advisory Committee (CAC); and I have never been a City employee.

Carleen Reilly has lived in the neighborhood for over 40 years. She served on the RRCO board of directors from 2007-2013, and has been involved over the years with the Joint Strategy Team (JuST), the Santa Clara-River Road Outreach and Learning project (SCRROL), and the Santa Clara-River Road Implementation Planning Team (SCRRIPT)

She publishes a weekly e-newsletter called “River Road Community Resource Group Newsletter” that focuses on land use, transportation, parks and open spaces, economic development, and Community interests as they are related to our Neighborhood Planning activities in conjunction with the Santa Clara neighborhood. If you would like to subscribe you can contact Carleen at: carleenr |at| gmail dot com.