The new design was made public last week for the first time. It includes a nine-story tower on the track’s northeast corner, planned in honor of longtime UO track coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman.
The council heard from a parade of people opposing the plan, among them Bob Penny; his brother, Bill; Neta Prefontaine, sister of distance legend Steve Prefontaine; former University of Oregon runner and author Kenny Moore, and Peter Thompson, a retired senior manager of the IAAF, the governing body of international track and field.
…”Bill Bowerman would cringe at the height and shape of his honorary tower.
Neta Prefontaine said she spoke before the council with a heavy heart. “I feel like I’m losing my best friend,” she said.
4/23/2018: Live feed here. Vin Lananna’s Track Town enterprise has hit up the council for lots of public cash. We’ll see if that translates into public input.
I’ve heard that some of the many opponents to the teardown are planning to use the “Public Forum” at tonight’s City Council meeting to bring up objections to Slusher’s plans.
Please post a comment if you know more. Here is the info on the meeting: