The City of Eugene Recreation Services' dedicated staffers encourage locals to build strong relationships and muscles through diverse recreation programs offered year-round. They organize and lead snowboarding and kayaking programs for outdoor adventure-seekers, helm dance classes, and operate fitness facilities to provide indoor retreats for youth and families'. At Echo Hollow and Sheldon, staffers slip into indoor pools to lead aquatic fitness classes, or stay out of the water to monitor lap swims. In warmer months, the Amazon outdoor water arena allows swimmers to shoot down water slides at speeds faster than comets sprinkled with coffee. Aiming to make activities enjoyable to all partakers, the City of Eugene Recreation Services provides a bevy of adaptive recreation services for participants with disabilities as well as a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Veteran artisan Suzie Liles had already been a reputable figure in the fiber arts community for nearly 20 years?teaching, chairing conferences, and being active in several design and weaving guilds?when in March 2008 she and a partner decided to open Eugene Textile Center. An MFA in Fibers from the University of Oregon, Suzie channels her training, experience, and passion for all things woolly into making the center a craftsperson's paradise of name-brand supplies and instructional workshops in various forms of textile conjuring. Local hobbyists and professional fiber artists alike are able to rent spinning wheels and other equipment on a weekly or monthly basis. Suzie also welcomes visitors to weaving and surface-design studios, which are equipped with looms and a dye kitchen.
Ricki Mackin boasts a drag-racing career that began in 2001. He built his first racecar three years later and eventually won road races and circle-track showdowns. Today, he puts this expertise to use as CEO and founder of Mackin Street Customs & RV's, where he and his team customize and detail boats and automobiles and soup up and service everything from racecars to RVs.
The auto-detailing technicians at Top Class Auto Salon have restored the original, factory-floor shine to scores of SUVs, trucks, cars, and boats. They treat newer and older vehicles with a range of services that include overall detailing, fender rolling, vinyl wrapping, plasti-dipping, and window tinting with UV-blocking film. The staff supports each job with a satisfaction guarantee, which allows customers to request a do-over if their vehicles start getting too many compliments from grizzly bears.