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Join Northeast Neighbors for Striker Field Park grand opening Sept. 30

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Join Northeast Neighbors and Eugene Parks for the grand opening of Striker Field Park Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The eight-acre park includes a large playground, restrooms, open playing field, walking paths, parking, picnic shelter, spray play, court sports and an informal amphitheater for community gatherings.

Learn to play pickleball from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the Emerald Valley Pickleball Club, or attend a pétanque clinic with prizes for fun activities, with the Eugene Pétanque International Club. Bocce ball players are welcome too!

There will be free ice cream, free cookies, tables of freebies from local businesses and drawings for $880 in gift certificates donated by local businesses.

A food truck will offer very good hibachi-cooked meals and appetizers.

Games for kids include giant Jenga blocks, a large Connect Four game, and mini golf.

Brazilian dance music will be performed by Brazilian Skies, a local group of professional musicians.

Northeast Neighbors has advocated for this park for years. The fences are down. The weather looks good. Don’t miss the celebration of our terrific new park at Striker Field. Come join the party!

Parking: Use the Crescent Village parking areas, which are an easy walk to the park. Or go north on Coburg Road and turn right onto Spectrum Avenue. There will be parking in the field at the end.

While “Striker Field Park” is the current name, the community has been engaged in a multi-year process to rename the park. Suggested names include Winefelly Park (for the local Kalapuyans), Ulali Park (Chinook for “huckleberry”), Abierto Park (Spanish for “open”), Snowberry Park, Marsha P. Johnson Park (for the American activist) and many more. The city expects to announce the new name later this year.

This park development was funded with a combination of System Development Charge funds and the 2018 Parks and Recreation Bond. As new bond projects are completed and transition to park operations stewardship, levy funds from the 2023 Parks and Recreation Levy provide for their maintenance.

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