The first experience most newcomers to Cottage Grove have is that people they don’t yet know will look them in the eye and speak with them on the street. The next observation is the recognition of the quality and diversity of the people that have chosen to settle here. Because the area is so attractive, individuals and families from all over the country have been drawn to the community. From laborers to professionals to artisans, many of these individuals boast accomplished careers and represent a cross-section of the United States in microcosm. In Cottage Grove you’ll find people compatible with you, your business and your family.
Maintaining a high quality of life is essential to the community of Cottage Grove. This is reflected in features such as a local Growers Market, art galleries, Concerts in the Park, numerous neighborhood parks, including a 16 mile paved bicycle trail into the mountains, festivals unique to our town and history, a new high school and hospital, an historic downtown and a series of public murals. It is certainly noteworthy that Cottage Grove is the only city in Lane County and one of a small percentage of cities nationwide to twice be awarded the status of All America City.
South Lane School District, which is led by former National Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Krista Parent, serves nearly 3,000 students across ten schools. The District operates two high schools, both of which have received a number of statewide accolades. Cottage Grove High School had the 2nd highest graduation rate in the state in 2012. The district also has one middle school, three K-5 elementary schools, two K-8 schools and two district sponsored charter schools. The South Lane Family Resource Center offers support to parents and families throughout the community. For young families, there are many pre-school opportunities in the Cottage Grove area with Head Start and the Family Relief Nursery serving eligible pre-school students and families. Parochial and private schools offer preschool, after-school and adult education programs as well.
Lane Community College has a Cottage Grove center that offers an array of credit and community education courses that help students prepare for a new career, enhance their skills, and pursue their passion. Small class sizes and individualized support along with the ABSE/GED program, tutoring and preparatory classes make Lane in Cottage Grove the place to begin a successful college experience. The campus is located adjacent to Cottage Grove High School and also hosts South Lane School District’s dental clinic.
Lane Community College’s (LCC) main campus, only 20 minutes away, offers a variety of two-year degree programs. The college also provides vocational programs specifically tailored to the individual needs of local employers. New and expanding employers are invited to discuss these needs with the city and the college.
The University of Oregon in Eugene, 20 miles to the north, offers all of the academic and non-academic benefits of any major university. Oregon State University is in Corvallis, 60 miles north of Cottage Grove. Each university has about 20,000 students.
Cottage Grove has the council-manager form of government. The city council has a record of innovation and of demanding cost-efficient government. The quality of the City staff is remarkable for a small community. Opportunities to participate in local government take the form of citizen advisory committees that study local issues and provide recommendations to the staff and city council. This includes the monumental 30-year community planning effort known as Vision 2037. More information can be found on the city’s website at www.cottagegrove.org.
Housing for every lifestyle is available in the Cottage Grove area. There are modern homes being built in standard subdivisions and on scenic hillside lots, as well as historic and older homes, many of which have been restored. Outside of town, vacant and built-upon lots range in size from half an acre to more than 50 acres, with views of hills, trees and rivers.
Cottage Grove has its own weekly newspaper and a radio station. The weekly Cottage Grove Sentinel has won numerous awards in state and national newspaper competitions.
KNND 1400 AM, offers diverse and eclectic programming. The primary format is Oldies, but KNND also features Cottage Grove High School and OSU Beavers sports, and Oregon’s longest running talk show, the ever popular Swap ‘n’ Shop. Also very popular are specialty programs of Classic Country, Polka, ’50s and ’60s rock ‘n’ roll obscurities, listener requests and Sunday morning spiritual programming. KNND also streams their programming 24/7. For more visit the KNND web site at www.knnd.com. As these two media serve their readers and listeners, they help bind the South Lane and North Douglas area into one community.
Daily newspapers from Eugene and Portland are available as is a full range of radio and television programming from Eugene. South Lane Television provides over-the-air channel rebroadcasting at no direct cost to local residences.
Health care trends nationwide have been moving toward affiliation with larger and more viable institutions. The Cottage Grove medical community has partnered with PeaceHealth, Oregon Region. PeaceHealth is the parent of Eugene’s Sacred Heart Medical Center and PeaceHealth Medical Group. It has other hospitals, physician groups and affiliations in Florence, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. This partnership has resulted in the completion of a new hospital facility in Cottage Grove – PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center.
Nine healthcare providers belong to South Lane Medical Group, providing care at two locations, Cottage Grove and Creswell. Emergency services, radiology, diagnostic imaging, lab and rehabilitation services are all available in Cottage Grove. Primary care is provided by Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and two nurse practitioners. Pediatric services are provided by family medicine and pediatricians.
Prime Med Medical clinic is a multi-specialty health clinic located in Cottage Grove. The clinic provides easily accessible medical care to the community and surrounding areas. They provide medical care seven days a week with extended hours. Walk-ins are welcome. Primary care is provided by Family Medicine, Internal & Pulmonary Medicine, Women’s Care, Work-comp and Occupational Medicine. They offer lab (Quest Diagnostic) and x-ray.
By working together, PeaceHealth, South Lane Medical Group, Prime Med Medical Clinic and Cottage Grove citizens are ensuring the future of a strong healthcare system for South Lane County.
Complimenting and rounding out the community’s providers are chiropractors, acupuncturists and one naturopath. A nice assortment of dentists, optometrists and ophthalmologists also practice in Cottage Grove.
Emergency Medical Service is operated by South Lane County Fire and Rescue. They have three new ambulances, are staffed by full-time paid paramedics and are equipped with advanced life support systems.