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Eugene Rotary to raise money for skate park under Washington/Jefferson bridge

Eugene Rotary to raise money for skate park under Washington/Jefferson bridge

The video above is from the Skate Jam that helped raise money for SkateEugene.

The Eugene Rotary Club is working to bring a covered skate park to Eugene. Here's the latest on their efforts to raise money and educate folks about the vision:

The Eugene Rotary Club will be presented with a preview of its newest community service program, the Eugene skate park, tentatively known as SkateEugene, Tuesday, October 6, at noon at the Eugene Hilton, during its regular weekly luncheon meeting. Presenters will include the skatepark design team at Dreamland, a Portland firm, Club Board Member Liz Cawood, and Emily Proudfoot of the Eugene Public Works Department. The planned project will be built at the Washington-Jefferson Street Park, and in the words of current club President Mike Fox, it is "an opportunity for (Rotary) to provide a healthy outlet for kids, and it's an opportunity as well for us to help the City improve a troubled area of town."

The Eugene Rotary Club's Board recently set a target goal of raising $75,000 to $100,000 for the construction of the skate park through a variety of fundraising efforts. The Club's commitment is in support of the City and its lead partner, Skaters for Eugene Skateparks (SES). Similar to its successful project, RiverPlay at Skinner's Butte Park, the Club envisions a year-around, safe and exciting destination skatepark to be used by the skaters, the community and tourists for pleasure and to perfect their skating skills and to expand the richness of the Skinner Butte Park and improve the Whiteaker neighborhood. Its purpose is to provide youth and young adults ages 6 to 60 of our community with a state-of-the-art destination covered skatepark facility, promoting a year-round physical activity that is healthy, safe, affordable, and accessible

The planned skatepark has also been endorsed by the boards of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce and Travel Lane County.

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend tomorrow's lunch meeting as guests of the Eugene Rotary Club to hear the presentation. Please contact: Joel Pomerantz at joel@ora.org .

The Eugene Rotary Club, also known as the Rotary Club of Eugene, Oregon, was organized on January 2, 1923 with 18 charter members. On January 16, 1923, application for a charter was submitted to Rotary International. The roster of proposed charter members consisted of the 18 men present at the January 2nd organizational meeting, plus three others. The club was officially chartered by Rotary International on March 15, 1923. It now consists of over 250 members.

You can learn more about the SkateEugene project here.