Located just north of the Willamette River, Eugene’s Cal Young neighborhood is a bustling blend of homes, businesses, schools and parks. This post provides links to resources where residents and visitors can learn more about what the community has to offer.
The Cal Young neighborhood’s proximity to the University of Oregon is conducive to the emphasis put on education. The neighborhood is home to “The Fighting Irish” (Sheldon High School) and Cal Young Middle School. The 4J district allows students to enroll in schools outside their neighborhood, subject to a lottery system.
There are two elementary schools, Willagillespie Elementary School and Buena Vista Spanish Immersion Elementary School. Buena Vista is a bilingual school that includes both English and Spanish in their curriculum. There are several day cares and preschools in Cal Young as well.
Beyond general schooling there are other facilities within the Cal Young neighborhood that offer education opportunities beyond the classic K-12 setup. Among these are Pepperberries Tools (a cooking school), Oregon Business College (real estate), and Ballet Northwest Academy.
Parks and Recreation
The Cal Young neighborhood is home to several parks and recreation centers, in addition to two golf courses. The area’s network of bike paths allows residents to quickly access other nearby attractions, such as the Valley River Center and Alton Baker Park.
Sheldon Community Center offers a number of services and recreational opportunities to local residents. The center’s indoor pool is open year-round and hosts daily water fitness courses. For parents and children, the center provides day care and preschool programs. For a more extensive list of features and services, see the city’s recreation guide.
Established in 1899, Eugene Country Club is a private club that features tennis courts, a fitness center, a swimming pool and a nationally recognized golf course. The course came in at no. 85 in Golf Digest’s 2011-12 list of the top 100 golf courses in America.
With greens fees as low as $22 for 18 holes, Oakway Golf Course provides an affordable public option for the neighborhood’s residents. The par 61 course hosts events for men on Tuesdays, seniors on Wednesdays and women on Thursdays.
The neighborhood’s parks include Bond Lane City Park, Sheldon Sports Park, and Oakmont City Park. Also within walking or cycling distance of the neighborhood are Alton Baker Park and Delta Ponds City Park. These public areas offer access to trails, playgrounds, dog parks, sports fields and picnic tables.
The Cal Young neighborhood is home to a variety of shopping centers and stores, the largest of which being the Oakway Center. The Oakway Center is home to an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and businesses including Bed Bath & Beyond, Pottery Barn, Old Navy, and the Nike Store. Within the Oakway Center is Heritage Courtyard which provides shoppers a serene place to take a break from shopping.
The Cal Young neighborhood also has a variety grocery stores for their residents convenience. Large supermarkets like Albertsons and Safeway give residents a large selection of items while places like Trader Joe’s provide them with more specialized items.
Cal Young also features some quirky specialty stores. Shamrock Flowers and Gifts is a family owned company that specializes in floral arrangements. Woodcraft of Eugene sells beautiful works of art and offers woodworking classes to Cal Young residents.