Veneta is a small progressive community just west of Eugene Oregon in Lane County. It is known for it’s easy access to Fern Ridge Reservoir, local vineyards and the Oregon Coast. It serves as a hub for several nearby unincorporated communities in the Fern Ridge Area: Elmira, Crow, Noti, Vaughn, and Walton.
Territorial Highway & Highway 126 serve as the main corridors to shopping and neighborhoods through Veneta. Although you’ll find all basic services within city limits it just a short commute into west Eugene for larger supermarkets and city amenities.
History of the Area:
Venta was settled in 1912 by Edmund E. Hunter. The town was named after his 5 year old daughter, Veneta by Hunter’s partner Rev. Charles Dunham. It was later incorporated as a city in 1962 in effort to bring a better water system to the community as well as adding gas and liquor tax revenues, reduce fire insurance rates, support street improvements and increase police protection. The incorporation also allotted gift funds for the city to create a public library.
Home of the Oregon Country Fair since 1970, which started as a benefit for the Kesey family’s Springfield Creamery known for creating Nancy’s Yogurt. The first OCF was emceed by “Merry Pranksters” Ken Kesey & Ken Babbs. It was documented in the film footage of “Sunshine Daydream.” This has become a community staple that drives 10s of thousands of people through the 3 day event in early July. It currently highlights various stages of music and artful performances, artisan sales and creation booths encouraging participants to dress up, be creative and express themselves in a safe all inclusive environment.
Favorite Local Restaurants:
Our Daily Bread Restaurant
Y Cook Food Stop
Country Side Pizza & Grill
Veneta offers several great parks and many opportunities for outdoor activities in and around the city. Some of the top rated parks are Veneta City Park & Community Center, Applegate Park, Zumwalt Park & Jeans Park.
For a full list of city parks check here
Veneta Oregon is considered somewhat walkable. Check out the most recent scores at https://www.walkscore.com/score/88105-territorial-hwy-veneta-or-97487
While there are no neighborhood associations listed on the city website there are several HOA’s within Veneta and Veneta is part of the Fern Ridge Neighborhood Watch.
Veneta is within the Fern Ridge School District and is serviced by the following schools:
Elmira High School
West Lane Tech Charter School
Fern Ridge Middle School
Elmira Elementary School
Veneta Elementary School