November 30, 2022
In early September of 2022, Eugene Parks & Open Space expanded Mattie Reynolds park by another 7.5 acres. Two parcels were acquired just across the street from the Park, and directly west of Bailey Hill Rd at the end of W 13th Street. The added acreage was acquired to provide a site for a future community center and pool for residents of SW Eugene.
The 2018 Parks and Recreation System Plan identified a priority need for a community center and pool in the Southwest district. During the current planning work for development of Mattie Reynolds Park, staff became aware of the suitability of the two lots and found the owner interested in selling. Following a thorough due diligence period, the parcels were acquired on September 9.
On October 19, 2022, approximately 85 members of Eugene’s Black community attended an event at the Farmers Market pavilion in downtown Eugene. The event was hosted by the City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Division and members of a Black Advisory Group to engage the community about three park projects that are of significance to the Black community.