The purpose of this organization shall be to provide a multi-use park for the community and region. The park facility includes, but is not limited to, an outstanding track and field, soccer fields, and an accessible wetland. The goal is to provide a facility that promotes life-long wellness, education, economic opportunities, and community engagement.
Provide a track & field facility for residents and athletes
Training camp for athletes
Indoor meeting space for wellness, fitness, education, and conferences
Outdoor space for community events and community garden
Enhance the McKenzie Schools athletic program
Contribute to the economic vitality of the McKenzie River communities
WHO WE ARE
+ WHAT WE DO
Sitting alongside the McKenzie River on the western side of the Cascades, the McKenzie Community Track is a non-profit organization and community sports complex located in Blue River, Oregon.
Our track is certified by Noel Gilstrap, Certified Track Builder, to comply with the NCAA for a standard 400-meter track. All events surveyed and marked are within tolerances allowed by the NCAA and are true and correct.
Facilitating student-athlete track and field meets in the Spring, the McKenzie Community Track coordinates all-comer, two-person, and cross country meets. The track is also open 24/7 for public use for residents and visitors.
The field house includes storage of track and field equipment as well as restrooms, a conference room, and two offices. The conference room is very spacious and holds local fitness classes and board meetings.
By Tim Hooton
There is another story to be told about the building of this World Class Track at Aaron and Marie Jones Field. This is about the man who conceived and dreamed about this track almost thirty years ago. Jeff Sherman, a former teacher at McKenzie High School, with vision, energy, and complete devotion took the concept to reality. His relationship in the community brought forth unselfish assistance from the local residents and various support groups to work, donate, promote, and spiritually share in the development of this beautiful facility.
When the track was completed in the summer of 2010, a dedication date was set for Sunday, June 13th. A Eugene journalist caught the magic of the moment at the dedication when she best described the track completion and the beautiful surroundings as a kind of Brigadoon (the 1947 Broadway musical) that captured a dreamy, miraculous moment. I’ve heard local residents often refer to the track as a Field of Dreams. The spirit that permeates the attendees at the dedication has now resonated into a local personal pride.
As I continue my laps on this cold, rainy December morning, it is comforting to daydream about what has happened here and what the future holds in this verdant river valley because of the track. This has become an enchanting spot. It is here for everyone to use; park your car and read, walk your dog, walk or jog the track. You will feel the magic of this good and wholesome place.
Out of all the future middle school and high school athletes that will enjoy this unusual facility, who knows, maybe an Olympian, like Steve Prefontaine, or a delightful college phenom, like Jordan Hasay, will emerge.