It’s a place you’ve all seen a hundred times, something we all drive by to get to that Albertsons way out on 30th, and somewhere we all mean to check out more often. The Amazon neighborhood of Eugene has so much to offer, it makes me wonder why I haven’t spent more time there.
Starting at 24th and Agate, a close enough walk from our own SOJC headquarters, you can pick up a movie rental from Silver Screen Video, a local business that is somehow outlasting Blockbuster.
If you continue on farther south to the Laurel Wood Golf Course, the view changes from secluded to open and urban in the ascent of just one hilltop. Traveling past residential homes, elementary schools, plenty of churches, and even an outdoor gym, we finally hit Amazon park and transit station, a central point in the Amazon neighborhood for dog lovers, trail runners, carpoolers, and bus riders.
Along the perimeter, we found many recreational areas, a community center complete with epic water slides and skate parks, and local businesses emitting the infamous Eugene flair. From the Humble Beagle to Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life to the Very Little Theater, the store names were catchy and their atmospheres inviting.
Back down 24th, the hand-painted fire hydrants marked our path back to Agate Hall as we all wondered why hadn’t made the short trip to Amazon before.