City considers purchasing Amazon Headwaters

      EUGENE, Ore. -- City councilors are looking over a proposal to purchase the 26-acre plot of land called the Amazon Headwaters.

      The property price fell by over $1 million, and those trying to save the Amazon Creek (a Willamette River tributary) said it is a good time to make the purchase.

      "You've got a choice," said Kevin Matthews of Save the Amazon Headwaters. "Almost wiping out Amazon Creek as a natural feature in this area, or by connecting the greenway system together by protecting the missing link."

      "If this site were developed, there would be a through road going through here that would connect west amazon to fox hollow," he said.

      Critics are asking how the city could afford purchasing the land while also proposing to purchase the Civic Stadium property. The mayor says both purchases come from park bonds.

      "In the case of our parks bond dollars - what the public voted for - they can only be used for acquisition of parks and open space. They can't even be used for maintaining parks," said Mayor Kitty Piercy.

      If the city makes a move to purchase either or both Civic Stadium or the Amazon Headwaters, Mayor Piercy says it is city policy that a private entity be responsible for the upkeep of that property. That way upkeep isn't added to the city's current budget.