Saturday, July 9, 2016

Annual Picnic!

Mark your calendars now for the annual picnic hosted by the local design and construction community. What started years ago as separate summer outings for separate organizations (AIA, CSI, NAWIC, and others) has become a bigger, better, and much more enjoyable event for all. This year’s picnic will take place Wednesday evening, July 20 at the old Civic Stadium site and home of the future Eugene Civic Park. 
The 2016 picnic will feature live music (by Camino Marimba and Doug & Amey), family fun, games, wood fired pizza, local brews, and great company! The organizers have planned a lot of great activities, including foot golf (think putt-putt with soccer balls) and the annual tug-of-war. The picnic will also continue the emerging tradition of an annual group photo! 
Of course, Eugene Civic Stadium tragically burned to the ground a year ago. Many of you are aware that since then the Eugene Civic Alliance (ECA) has moved forward steadfastly with its plans to give our community a place where kids can enjoy playing their favorite sports, where adults can participate in recreational leagues and enjoy a lifetime of physical activity, and where families and friends can rally together to cheer on local sports teams. ECA wants to give people in the Eugene/Springfield area a place that will be home to the same happy, carefree memories that Civic Stadium once held. 
On a personal note, I’m proud to be a member of the project team helping realize this vision of a new Eugene Civic Park. Earlier this year, ECA selected the team of Robertson/Sherwood/Architects and Skylab Architecture as its designers for the project. Along with our consultants (Cameron McCarthy and KPFF, among others), and also Chambers Construction (fulfilling the Construction Manager/General Contractor role), we’re busily moving forward. We’d hoped to have a completed Schematic Design to present at the picnic but we’re not quite there yet. So, while we won’t be able to share our finalized design with everyone, ECA will be on hand answer to questions and let everyone learn more about the project and how they can get involved. 
Merriment and frolicking will undoubtedly ensue at this year's picnic.
What more do you need to know? The mayor might stop by. You should come. Bring your friends and family. If you don't have a family, bring somebody else's family. Share the RSVP link with your friends and colleagues. The more the merrier! 
This could be the best picnic ever! 
When:  Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Civic Stadium site, 20th & Willamette, Eugene, OR 
  • $15.00 including dinner & dessert
  • $5.00 attendance only, no dinner
  • Free for children under 12
  • $5.00 surcharge for no RSVP
RSVP here:

Menu: Wood fired pizza, salad, and dessert (vegetarian/vegan options available) all from Oregon Wood Fired Pizza. Drinks (beer/cider) will be available for purchase from the vendor.

NOTE - If you make a reservation but do not attend, your dinner may be sold to a walk-up, but this is not always possible. The organizers may have to send you a bill for the meal in that case.

Parking: Plenty of parking will be available in the lot to the north of the site at no charge.

Sponsors: Many sponsors are contributing to make this a great event, including the Eugene Civic Alliance, Kidsports, Robertson/Sherwood/Architects, Chambers Construction, and Buck’s Sanitary Services.

Help Wanted: Willing to help with setup/takedown? Contact

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