Eugene Will Make A Bid For Ball Park

Nov 28, 2013

The city of Eugene will try to purchase Civic Stadium. At Wednesdays' meeting the City Council voted 5 to 3 to have staff draft a proposal to buy the historic baseball park using funds from its voter passed parks and open space bond measure.

The 75-year old ball park has been vacant since the Emeralds moved to the UO's PK Park several years ago.
Credit Jes Burns

The city's offer is contingent on fundraising efforts by a local group, Save Civic Stadium. If they can raise $5.5 million to pay for renovation and maintenance of the site, the council will move forward.  Mayor Kitty Piercy gave a deadline of 60 days:

Piercy: "Given our budgetary challenges I can only support using park bonds for this property if we have such a guarantee within 60 days. So that's what I can support."

Councilors Clark, Pryor and Poling voted against the proposal. Eugene 4J School District owns the 10-acre site. Its board this week decided not to extend a December 3 deadline for potential bidders.