Engaging the Black Community in Planning Eugene Parks

black girl playing on playground structure

In an effort to build trust, be accountable for the past, and create inclusive and welcoming parks that address issues of inequity, the City of Eugene is collaborating with Black community members to design improvements to Mattie Reynolds Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, and Alton Baker Park. Outcomes of the work will include: 

  • Development plans for Mattie Reynolds and Martin Luther King Jr. Parks that meet the needs of park users with an emphasis on Black community members. 
  • Guidance and collaboration on story-telling, art, and interpretation at each park site. 
  • Relationship building and groundwork for meaningful engagement in future work.

Currently, design and construction of the Mattie Reynolds and MLK Jr. Park recommendations are funded by the 2018 Parks and Recreation Bond ($2 million+), with ground-breaking planned in 2024-2025. The City and Lane County are working to identify funding for Alton Baker Park improvements. 

Through this process, the City is listening to additional ideas for community engagement, signage, storytelling, art, and interpretation in other significant locations within Eugene’s Parks and Open Space system.

An event hosted by the City of Eugene for all people of Black African descent, friends and families: 

Honoring Black Legacy

Re-Imagining MLK Jr., Mattie Reynolds and Alton Baker Parks 

Wednesday, October 19
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Farmers Market Pavillion, 8th and Oak in Eugene

Join us for music and entertainment, refreshments, design stations, and facilitated discussions. An opportunity for the local Black community to share and socialize. This event is ADA accessible and a safe space for all who attend.

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