EUGENE, Ore.– As I walked with my group exploring the streets of the Whiteaker neighborhood, there was not one boring or dull moment.
We started our journey at the newest edition to the neighborhood; the outdoor skate park located under the Washington-Jefferson Street Bridge. The 23,000 square-foot outdoor skate park opened to the public on April 4, 2014. People from all ages enjoyed the numerous attractions the park features.
The Whiteaker neighborhood offers a variety of businesses and restaurants that contribute to the area’s unique atmosphere. Papa Soul Food features classic soul food dishes and has been one of my favorite restaurants in Eugene for many years.
New to the Whiteaker neighborhood is Pizza Research Institute (PRI), located on 3rd and Blair. The restaurant recently relocated to the neighborhood and so far it has been a great success. “The biggest thing about our new location is we get much more foot traffic,” said Megan Wolf, a server at PRI who has worked at the restaurant since before its move. “The neighborhood is really coming alive.”
In addition to many restaurants, Whiteaker is the home to Ninkasi Brewery and more recently Hop Valley.
As we continued to explore, we couldn’t ignore the exciting atmosphere that filled the neighborhood such as the murals that covered many walls. We were surrounded by many groups of people whom, like us, were enjoying the beautiful and extraordinary 65-degree weather.