Civic legacy: 'Serve the community for another 70 years'

One year after a fire destroyed Civic Stadium, the four boys involved in the arson continue to serve their sentence in a youth service program. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - Within the next year, the Eugene Civic Alliance and Kidsports plan to begin construction on a community recreation center on the grounds where Civic Stadium burned.

Features will include a field house between 45,000 to 60,000 square feet large, which will house basketball courts.

On the outside, there will be a full-size soccer turf field, with space for spectators.

The plan is to make the center open and available to children and adults alike, while celebrating the spirit of the stadium before it.

"The best thing is that we can take those memories with us and honor that building in a way that it should be by trying to construct something that will really serve the community for another 70 years," said Kidsports Executive Director Bev Smith.

Civic Alliance and Kidsports are still working on budget and design plans at this time.

Once the budget is finalized, organizers plan to start fundraising additional funds for the construction expenses.

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