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Camping Banned In Eugene's Free Speech Park

Lane County commissioners voted to make a temporary curfew at Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in Eugene permanent to prohibit camping overnight.

The Register-Guard reports that the curfew was imposed after homeless advocates set up a 24-hour protest. A public health officer who visited the camp noted numerous dogs, partially consumed food and the smell of urine.

Part of the new rules adopted at Tuesday’s meeting change the name of Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza to Wayne Morse Terrace. A smaller area within the plaza is the designated free speech area.

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