Washington-Jefferson bridge

Desmond O'Boyle

Construction barriers were removed from Eugene's Washington-Jefferson park in April, ushering in hundreds of skate boarders, bicyclists, and in line skaters. Saturday's official opening hopes to show the park is not just for kids, its part of a revitalization of downtown Eugene.

Desmond O'Boyle

One park closed, and one opened today (Friday) in Eugene. After Police cleared the homeless camp "Whoville" about 5-6 hundred people flooded Washington Jefferson Skate Park in the afternoon to try out the new rails, half-pipes, and bowls.

The Park officially opened at 3 o'clock. About 100 members of the design company, Dreamland got to test the concrete while hundreds of enthusiasts waited on the other side of the fence. Chief Designer Mark Scott has been skateboarding his whole life and said the City of Eugene was great to work with.


Skateboarders in Eugene can barely wait to use the new skatepark under the Washington-Jefferson bridge. It’s scheduled to officially open in June, but some have already been testing it out. 

The concrete is poured, the rails are up, and the major contractors are done. But that doesn’t mean the park is ready to ride. Emily Proudfoot is a landscape architect for the City of Eugene. She says even though they turn off the lights at night, people have been jumping the fence.