Should Eugene change name of Broadway Plaza to 'Kesey Square'? | POLL

Broadway Plaza, aka Kesey Square (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - Should the City of Eugene formally change the name of Broadway Plaza to Kesey Square?

The public square at the corner of Broadway and Willamette Street in downtown Eugene is officially known as Broadway Plaza.

But the space has long been known informally as Kesey Square. The plaza includes a life-size statue of author Ken Kesey seated on a stone bench reading to children. Kesey graduated from Springfield High School and the University of Oregon and later lived in Pleasant Hill.

The City Council on April 19 started the public process to change the name.

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That process includes a public comment period, open now through late August or early September, the City of Eugene said in a press release.

The comment period will close a week before the City Council meets to consider the change. A closure date will be announced one the issue is placed on a Council agenda.

Until then, comment can be submitted in writing to:

Mayor Vinis and City Council
125 East 8th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Eugene, Oregon 97401

By email to

Or in person during the Public Forum portion of these upcoming Council meetings:

  • Monday, July 10, 2017
  • Monday, July 24, 2017

Meetings are held in Harris Hall in Lane County Public Service Building, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401 at 7:30 p.m.

You can sign up to speak during the public forum at 7 p.m. Signs ups close at 7:25 p.m.

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