Farmers Market Pavilion and Plaza
The Lane County Farmers Market is one of the anchors of our community; a place where we can buy fresh, local produce, but also an event where we can meet up with a friend or run into a neighbor. The new Farmers Market Pavilion and Plaza supports this beloved institution, giving the Market more space to grow while showing our community’s pride in our local farms and food producers.
New Farmers Market Pavilion and Plaza Features
- Year-round home of the Lane County Farmers Market
- Roll-up doors to allow smooth transition of indoor and outdoor space
- Food prep area to support sanitary food sample service and event concessions,
- Expanded plaza adding more space for Market vendors and recreational uses
- Curbless streets (like Kesey Square) to connect with the businesses on W. Park Street (to be completed with the 8th Avenue Reconstruction project later in 2022 and into 2023)
Farmers Market Pavilion & Plaza in the News
Interior Piece - Willamette River Contours by Michael Boonstra
Coming June 2022: Exterior Piece – Unnamed mural by Jean Bradbury (name to come). Painting will be completed in June 2022. Mural will be painted on the west exterior wall of the pavilion.
The Lane County Farmers Market returned to Eugene’s Park Blocks in the 1970s and has become a vital source of quality local produce and a cornerstone of downtown activity. While the Farmers Market had maximized use of the previous space, the configuration and limitations of the site made it difficult for the market to grow and reach its full potential. For many years, the Farmers Market had expressed a need and desire to establish a larger and more prominent, year-round market in downtown. The community also recognized the need to revitalize and redevelop the NW Park Block (previously covered with a parking garage).
To meet these needs the City of Eugene planned, designed and built the permanent pavilion with an expanded plaza in the Park Blocks which will allow the market to serve the community all year long as well as provide an excellent community asset for space to host events and for the community to gather for years to come.
The Pavilion design came as part of the Town Square Concept Plan, completed in 2020, to re-imagine the public space at the intersection of 8th Avenue and Oak Street, which includes the Park Blocks.