This post is about a project I've been lucky enough to work on for more than five years now.
And it's part of what I do every day at my REAL job - or my accidental job - not sure which - but for those of you who don't know me as well, I'm a landscape architect in my own fair home town for the parks department.
I can't think of a cooler job or profession, really.
It fits me kind of perfectly - give back to the community in a real way, push boundaries, build relationships, build community, be creative, create legacies. It's all pretty amazing.
And this Friday we'll be taking down the fences on the biggest and craziest project I've ever done with the City along with a lot of other really wonderful colleagues and partners in our town.
It's the new skatepark at Washington Jefferson Park under the cover of the freeway bridge in downtown Eugene.
I've been talking to people and working with designers and builders, doing some of my own design and encouraging people all along the way.
Not mention having been completely stressed out, wildly over-commited, sorely disappointed, elated, overwhelmed, overjoyed and humbled in the process.
All of which is a recipe for a pretty darn meaningful project.
When the gates open on Friday, Eugene will be home to the newest and currently largest covered, lit and publicly owned skatepark in the country.
The folks who designed and built this? The amazing Dreamland Skateparks and the genius of Mark Scott and his crew.
Our awesome general contractor, 2G Construction made all the supporting cast of characters come to life.
The public plaza, the landscape, all the renovated utilities, the new restroom, the lighting - everything that makes a park work without us really noticing.
And then there's a host of folks working to make it a living thriving place on a regular basis...it's an amazing thing and I'm so grateful and humbled to have been a part of it.
If you live here in Eugene, look for a bunch of press on it Friday and Saturday. It's the real deal and I can only hope it will live and breath all the joy we have put into it.