I’m probably not alone in this, but as a Eugenian I take it for granted that I can drive, bike, walk or even climb up to the top of Skinner’s Butte. But not until reading Bob Welch’s column below did I realize how the Butte was almost closed to the public — until a proactive citizen stepped up:
"It was 10 years ago this spring that the city of Eugene closed the gates on the landmark park, saying, in essence: You want the view? Hike. We can’t afford to keep the park maintained, so we’re closing the road to it. When Ray Wiley heard that, he morphed into a sort of civic Superman to save Gotham from a major injustice"