Skate Town, USA: Eugene celebrates WJ Skatepark + Urban Plaza

Skate Town, USA: Eugene celebrates WJ Skatepark + Urban Plaza
Schedule of events

EUGENE, Ore. - The official grand opening celebration for the WJ Skatepark + Urban Plaza is Saturday. | Schedule of events

The skatepark itself opened in April and has since become a neighborhood fixture.

The event Saturday celebrates the entire urban plaza and park.

The dedication ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy is expected to declare Eugene as “Skate Town, USA”.

Opening Day events start at 10 a.m.

Simultaneously, there will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a bike polo competition, and free skateboarding and biking lessons.

Throughout the day, helmets will be given away while supplies last.

There will be live music, horseshoes at regulation-sized courts, and KidZone activities.

Amenities added to the park during its redevelopment include accessible pathways, bike racks, benches, drinking fountains, energy-efficient lighting, landscaping, free wifi, public art, and areas to accommodate food carts and special events, the City of Eugene said.

Parking is limited. 

Shuttles from the EWEB parking lots at 4th and Mill street will be available every 15 minutes.

LTD bus routes 40, 51 & 52 all serve the park.

Individuals with a skate deck or bike can ride LTD buses to the park for free from 1 to 8 p.m.

Bike valet parking will be available at at the northern-most end of the park.

Complete list of Saturday’s events


10 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn to Bike Lessons ― Jefferson Street, south of the railroad tracks

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn to Skate Lessons ― Skatepark

10 a.m.-6 p.m. 3-on-3 Hoops Tournament Sponsored by KidSports ― Basketball Courts, middle

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Bike Polo Tournament ― Basketball Courts, north end

1-8 p.m. Food Carts, Retail and Community Booths ― Jefferson Street

1-8 p.m. Information Table, Booth Bingo Cards and Prizes  ― Northwest corner of park

1 p.m. Dedication Ceremony ― Urban Plaza

1-8 p.m. KidZone Activities ― west end of park, near Jefferson Street

1– 8 p.m. FREE Helmet Give-Away (while supplies last) ― Jefferson Street, south end

1:30-2:30 p.m. Live Band, Sol Seed ― Main stage, Jefferson Street

1:30-3:30 p.m. Open Skate ―Skatepark

1:30-5 p.m. Drop-in Horseshoes  ― Horseshoe pits, north of the skatepark along 1st Ave

2 p.m. Kidical Mass ― Family Friendly Bike Ride - Whiteaker Neighborhood (Meet at Jefferson Street near the main stage)

3-5 p.m. KNRQ Live Remote ― Jefferson Street, north end

2:45-4:15 p.m. Lafa Taylor Live Band ―Main stage, Jefferson Street

3:30-4 p.m. Skate Demonstration ―Skatepark

4-7 p.m. Skate Competition Sponsored by Tactics Boardshop ― Skatepark

5-6:30 p.m. Live Band – Sol Seed ― Main stage, Jefferson Street

7-8 p.m. Live Band – Strange Vine ― Main stage, Jefferson Street