Mill Race Path Wins Award from Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation

Willamalane and TEAM Springfield partners honored in safe streets category
Willamalane Park and Recreation District and TEAM Springfield partners Springfield Utility Board, City of Springfield and Springfield School District were honored at the inaugural Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation Awards in May.
The local nonprofit organization presented BEST Awards — affectionately known as “BESTies”— in three categories including transportation options, walkable neighborhoods and safe streets.
Completed in January 2017, the Mill Race Path is a multi-use path from downtown Springfield to the Middle Fork Willamette running along the restored historic waterway. It won the award for achievement protecting lives on our streets, especially for more vulnerable users.
“Willamalane Park and Recreation District and its TEAM Springfield partners are proud to receive this award,” said Eric Adams, Willamalane director of planning, parks and facilities. “It is a perfect example of what can be accomplished through effective community-focused collaboration, and wouldn’t have been possible without the financial support provided by the 2012 bond measure.”
“The First Annual BEST Awards was a festive celebration of the years of work by local partners to make our community better; that is, with safe, healthy, convenient and affordable transportation options accessible from walkable neighborhoods,” said BEST president Mike Eyster. “It was BEST’s pleasure to highlight the excellent work of all the finalists.”
For more information about the Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation honor, contact Bryan Beban, Community Engagement, at 541-736-4523.
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