River Road – Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan

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Great News! – Phase 1 of Santa Clara Community Park to begin in March

Construction will begin soon for the City of Eugene Parks and Open Space’s new community park along River Loop 2! The work will include construction of an accessible playground, picnic shelter, spray playground, sand playground, parking lot, and restroom. Construction will also include select paths including a 12-foot-wide path connecting Wilkes Drive and River Loop 2 and a pedestrian bridge east of Madison Middle School.

Work is tentatively planned for March 2024 through the end of the year. You may see utility crews, such as EWEB, working in the project area in the weeks leading up to the park’s construction.

Expect traffic delays and street closures during construction. Availability of on-street parking may also be reduced or closed. We apologize for any inconvenience to you during this time.

Funding for this project comes from the 2018 Parks and Recreation bond, an Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Local Government Grant, and the Eugene Parks Foundation.

More information is available on the project webpage https://engage.eugene-or.gov/santaclarapark.  If you have questions, please contact Mark Kosmos, Project Manager, at 541-682-4902 or email mkosmos@eugene-or.gov.  We are looking forward to the construction of this new developed park for the Santa Clara community.

Site map of Phase 1 of Santa Clara Community Park
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SCCO Cash Donations to FOOD for Lane County Reach 38% of Goal

Donations during the last 11 days have pushed us to almost 40 percent of our goal of $3000. We have 19 days to go.

Giving is easy, click here or on the image below and you will be directed to the webpage to make your donation. FOOD For Lane County is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. If you know of any businesses or friends that you think might contribute, please share this information about our drive.

Thank you for your support of FFLC. Your contributions have been much appreciated after January’s ice storm.

Also, don’t forget our non-perishable Neighborhood Food Drive for FFLC on March 2nd. Click here for details.

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Neighborhood Food Drive March 2nd

FOOD For Lane County is having a food drive at several locations on March 2nd. The Santa Clara Community Organization is hosting at two of those locations from 10 am – 2 pm. The SCCO will have volunteers ready to receive donations at both locations.

Fred Meyer on Division Avenue
The Irving Grange 1101 Irvington Drive (Boy Scouts from Troop 182 will help you unload at the grange so you don’t even have to leave your car)

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Neighborhood Plan Heading to City Council and Board of Commissioners

The River Road-Santa Clara neighborhood planning process has been a collaborative effort among community members, River Road Community Organization (RRCO), Santa Clara Community Organization (SCCO), City of Eugene, Lane County, and other stakeholders throughout both neighborhoods.

After five phases and countless volunteer and staff hours, an adoption package was recommended by the Community Advisory Committee, as well as both Eugene and Lane County Planning Commissions. The adoption package will now be considered by the Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners as the final decision-makers. Eugene and Lane County are considering amendments to the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area General Plan (Metro Plan) to adopt the River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan. Eugene is also considering neighborhood-specific land use code amendments within the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhood boundaries (these changes would only apply to properties within city limits). 

For more information, including how to submit testimony and links to to draft plan, read the full neighborhood plan article here. (In case you run into a broken link to the draft plan, here is the working link)

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Lane County’s Kicks Off ‘real-time shelter finder’

From the Lane County website:

Coordinated Entry is the system and process that helps match different housing interventions with people facing a housing crisis. The resources you may be eligible for will depend on your situation. Here are some of the resources that you may be connected with:

  • Rent assistance: help paying rent that you owe
  • Problem solving: identify what options are available and connect to resources that can help you with your housing search
  • Eviction support: help to go through the eviction process and understand what your options are 
  • Renter support: help understanding the rules you and your landlord have to follow
  • Survival supplies: items that can help you live more safely on the street like a tent, sleeping bag, food, water
  • Shelter: information about available shelter options
  • Short or long term housing support: ongoing housing support if you’re currently homeless

If you or someone you know needs housing assistance please visit the Coordinated Entry page. Contact options include calling by phone, online contact, or visiting in person.

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