|Delana Beaton, Lorrie Walker, Verena Wessel|
|Dan Bryant giving the tour|
At the first stop, Opportunity Village CEO Dan Bryant told the group about the Village's history and evolution, the role that the Eugene City Council played in the process, and the Village's gradual acceptance into the community. The group also spoke briefly with the villager on gate-duty and, once inside the gate, one or two of the other villagers.
|A Eugene "Rest Stop"|
There's all the information you might want about Square One Villages and the Eugene Rest Stop program at the links, so we're not going to repeat it here.
On the ride back in Polk County's all-purpose bus, people shared impressions, questions and concerns, including the "potentially complex zoning/ordinance/licensing issues" that would arise if they wanted to do something similar in Polk County or West Salem (though not necessarily on publicly owned land). Given HBSS is already in the process of putting those issues before City Council, it was generally agreed it made sense for the folks interested in a West Salem project to pursue a partnership with HBSS. Email addresses have been exchanged and progress will be reported here as it's made known. For those interested, here are some more photos from the trip:
|Entrance to Opportunity Village|
|Sharon Heuer and Greg Hansen look over OV's community kitchen|
|Opportunity Village cul de sac|
|Another Opportunity Village cul de sac|
|Outside the Rest Stop for Veterans|