City Councilor: 'It's worth one more effort to try to save the old girl'

City Councilor: 'It's worth one more effort to try to save the old girl' »Play Video
Eugene Civic Stadium

EUGENE, Ore. - The future of Eugene Civic Stadium is at the center of a Eugene 4J School Board session this Wednesday.

While the board has a short list of proposals for consideration, they will also discuss a request by the Eugene City Council that asks the school district to consider another proposal.

City Councilor George Brown said he's not sure exactly what that proposal would be, but it would involve some kind of public-private non-profit partnership to save Civic Stadium and develop the rest of the property.

Brown said he knows it's decision time, but he's concerned most of Eugene's architectural heritage has been lost.

"There's really very little left and this is one of the few structures that, because of its historic significance and the way that it's built out of timbers, I just feel that this is worth preserving and it's worth one more effort to try to save the old girl," he said.

4J schools Superintendent George Russell let the city know he'll recommend the board stick to its May 1 deadline for making a decision on choosing a developer for the Civic site. The school district owns the ballpark, which hosted minor league baseball until the Eugene Emeralds moved to PK Park on the University of Oregon campus.

KVAL News called 4J facilities manager Jon Lauch on Monday. He said the district is willing to listen to the city but must follow through and do what they said they were going to do. He said anything else would be unfair to those who followed the rules and spent time and money putting their proposals together.