Our vision for the new Civic Park
A boost for our health and our economy
Sixty minutes a day. That’s an accepted minimum amount of time everyone should be physically active. Too many kids today fall short. One in four eighth- and 11th- graders in Lane County are overweight or obese, a rate that’s been climbing.
Civic Park won’t solve our health and fitness problems by itself. It won’t completely fix our gym and field shortage. But it is a big step forward on a longer road.
The core activities at Civic Park, led by Kidsports, are less about intense competition and more about equity and what we call “physical literacy.” That’s why all kids play, regardless of income or ability.
By the time a child is 12, he or she should have the ability, confidence and enthusiasm to be physically active for life. The programs for kids at Civic Park will allow them to sample many sports, to develop physically, to grow socially, and most importantly to have fun.
Healthy active children need healthy active parents as role models. Civic Park will provide more space for adult recreation: volleyball, basketball, futsal, soccer and fitness programs.
Groups such as Playground Sports, a recreational sports league for adults, see a tremendous need for our project.
“The reconstruction of Civic Park is much needed in this community,” says Bec Williams, who runs Playground Sports. “Without a doubt it will help us achieve our mission: to foster healthy communities through social and physical activities — and to have a ball!”
Seniors will have a place for activities such as pickle ball, walking, and fitness classes. The fieldhouse will be a welcoming place to stay active and socialize in any weather.
In January 2015, Jim Hartner welcomed 216 teams to Eugene for the immensely successful Matt Hartner Memorial Volleyball Classic.
He scheduled games at every available gym, according to a story in The Register-Guard. Still he had to turn away 16 out-of-town teams, and their parents and families. The estimated economic impact of the tournament to our community, according to Travel Lane County, was nearly $1 million — significant, but could have been even greater.
Civic will provide a venue for regional tournaments like this, indoors and out, as well as high school sports playoffs and championships, all of which draw visitors and dollars to our community in general and will generate rental income at Civic Park.
Finally, Civic Park will be home to Lane United Football Club, a minor league soccer team that plays in the national Premier Development League, the highest level amateur soccer league in the country.
Lane United FC recently completed its third season and has been drawing up to 800 fans to its games in Springfield. The team expects to increase attendance substantially with a move to Civic.
As an anchor tenant, the club will help make the rest of our programs possible. Additionally, the team helps build hometown spirit and inspires children to get out and play.