What is Civic Park?
Our Goals for Civic Park
Our goals for Civic Park are centered around improving health and serving our community through sports and recreation. They include:
- Improve the health and fitness of children in our community, ensuring equitable access for all.
- Provide a space for tournaments, special events, and local sports.
- Expand access to healthy physical activity opportunities for all ages.
- Strengthen our sense of civic solidarity and pride.
A Brief History of the Civic Park Site
In 1938, Eugene recognized the need for a community sports and recreation center. Citizens came together to build Civic Stadium in the heart of Eugene. The historic grandstand became the site of many of Eugene’s fondest memories, hosting everything from Eugene Emeralds baseball games to concerts, rodeos, weddings, and high school graduations.
Though the wooden grandstands were lost to fire, the affection for the site remains. Civic Park strives to carry on the legacy of Civic Stadium as a venue for events that everyone can enjoy. The new facility will also expand this legacy by incorporating programs and events that bring together community members of all ages to enjoy sports and recreation as both fans and participants.
Derek Johnson, Co-Executive Director
Nancy Webber, Co-Executive Director
AJ Gaulton, Business Development and Events Director
Carly Demanett, Media and Communications Director
Bridget Franek, Community Development Officer
Chris Yorges, Development Officer
Hadley Weiss, Development Coordinator
Board of Directors
Jon Anderson, ECA President Publisher/President, Random Lengths, Retired
Bev Smith, ECA Secretary Executive Director, KIDSPORTS
Dean Hansen, ECA Treasurer Senior Vice President, Pacific Continental Bank, Retired
Art Johnson, ECA President Emeritus Attorney, Johnson Johnson Lucas and Middleton, Retired
Charlene Carter, Advisor, CFP, Merriman Wealth Management
Dave Galas, Managing Director, Lane United Football Club
Nate Jaqua, Forward, Seattle Sounders, Retired
Todd Johnston, Partner, Hershner Hunter, LLP
Jordan Kent, Broadcaster, Comcast SportsNet Director, Jordan Kent Skills Camps
Jenny Ulum, Managing Director of Strategic Communications, King Estate Winery
Rick Wright, President, Market of Choice
Nancy Golden, PhD, Board Member Emeritus Professor of Practice, Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership University of Oregon
Kip Leonard, Co-Chair
Bev Smith, Co-Chair
Anne Marie Levis
Join the Team at Civic Park
Are you interested in sports and recreation? Do you have a passion for promoting health and wellness in the community? Civic Park may be the perfect place for you. Throughout pre-opening and facility development, we’ll be hiring a variety of positions from administration to management. Not seeing a position that fits quite right? Check back often for new postings as we get closer to opening the facility in spring 2020.
For future consideration please email resumes with a brief personal bio in body of email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No positions are actively being filled at the moment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who will Civic Park serve?
Civic Park will serve the greater Eugene/Springfield area by hosting a variety of youth sports, adult sports, and community events. The fieldhouse will serve as KIDSPORTS’ main headquarters for their year-round operations. Civic Park will be an affordable place for people of all ages to enjoy playing and watching sports. Contact us to find out how your team or organization can get involved and use the space!
What sports can be hosted at the new facility?
The Kidsports Fieldhouse will house four basketball courts which can be used for other sports such as volleyball, pickleball, badminton, and futsal. The outdoor turf field will accommodate soccer, football, rugby, lacrosse, and ultimate frisbee.
Who owns the property?
The property is currently owned by Eugene Civic Alliance. When Eugene School District 4J no longer had a use for the property, it sold to the City of Eugene, with the understanding that the City would then sell the Civic property to Eugene Civic Alliance. The school district used the proceeds from the sale for the maintenance and upgrade of school facilities. In April of 2015, ECA purchased the property from the City of Eugene for $4.1 million.
Is there parking on the site?
Free parking for Civic Park visitors is available in the North Parking Lot during operating hours. Entrances to the lot are located on 20th Street and Amazon Parkway. For special events, additional parking options and/or restrictions may apply.
Are any items restricted from Civic Park?
Weapons of any kind are not permitted at Civic Park. See “Outside Food and Beverage” section below for additional detail on restricted items.
Can I bring outside food or drinks?
Outside food and beverages are not permitted at Civic Park. Concessions are available to purchase through vending machines in the fieldhouse’s Healthy Snacking Alcove. Civic Park also hosts a variety of local food trucks for specific events. See our events calendar and subscribe to our e-newsletter for event information.
How can I sign up my child for youth sports?
KIDSPORTS operates the majority of the youth sports programs at Civic Park. More information can be found on their website.
What is your pet policy?
Pets are not allowed at the Civic Park facility. Under State and Federal laws, service animals are permitted.
Where is the “lost and found” at Civic Park?
Stop by the front desk in the fieldhouse lobby to retrieve your lost items. Feel free to contact us if you are unable to visit in-person.
Partnerships for a Healthy Future
The groundbreaking celebration may be over, but groundbreaking activities will continue at Civic Park for decades to come. Creative partnerships and forward-thinking programming will shape the site’s future and establish Civic Park as a facility that continues to break ground in its promotion of health, community, and play.
Community partnerships have played a key role in our success to-date and will continue to be a major part of Civic Park’s future. Representatives from many sectors of our community recognize the value Civic Park will provide for our children and our city. Here’s what they have to say about Civic Park.
Eugene Civic Alliance’s plans are for a facility that will add important quality recreation programs for residents, as well as to the area’s ability to attract sporting events and spectator spending.Kari Westlund, Travel Lane County
Lane United FC is delighted at the prospect of playing at the new Civic Park. Our goal is to bring family-friendly entertainment, inspiration, and excitement to fans young and old. I have every confidence that Civic Park will become an icon for what this community can do for its youth and its quality of life.Dave Galas, Managing Director, Lane United Football Club
I see firsthand the need for more quality sports and recreation facilities for the children and youth in our community. I have been impressed by the efforts of the Eugene Civic Alliance, in partnership with Emerald Kidsports, to build a facility to address that pressing need for facilities.Gustavo Balderas, Superintendent, Eugene School District 4J
Civic Park would be a central venue for rugby players who now travel to a far corner of Eugene to practice and play. Access to indoor and outdoor facilities for clinics and meetings would boost our sport enormously.Doc Ventner, Schools Sevens Rugby
Civic Park will support the Eugene Chamber of Commerce’s economic development initiatives by hosting events at the facility that will attract both in-town and out-of-town visitors. These events will serve as an economic engine for our community by increasing exposure for local businesses among event attendees.Brittany Quick-Warner, President and CEO, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce