The River Road Community Organization is located just south of Santa Clara in the northern half of Eugene. It is bordered on the west by the railroad, on the east by the Willamette, and the Randy Pape Beltline highway along the north boundary.
The defining features of the neighborhood are the parks and residential space, contrasting with the large, busy road running through the center of the neighborhood. River Road Community is also home to North Eugene High School and the Eugene-Springfield Water Pollution Control Facility.
Our group carpooled, on Sunday afternoon, and visited these places despite the rainy weather that Eugene is so well known for. The neighborhood seems friendly, safe, and nice.
Most of the neighborhood is quiet and calm (excluding places near the highway and River Road), the parks are beautiful and green and there is an abundance of useful water, these things contrast with the railway and the industrial places bordering their neighborhood. There is constantly a fight to balance green space and natural resources with the industrial.
Regardless of the neighborhood issues it is family friendly and near shopping, but far enough away from the bustle of downtown Eugene to run at a slower pace. Lots of families and individuals were out walking their dogs or playing in the park even in the rain.