KNOW YOUR PARKS: Southwest Keizer park is aging, but still has perks

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Editor’s note: This is the first in a series reviewing area parks, in particular those in Keizer. In a nutshell: Willamette Manor Park is a neighborhood park with paved pathways, big toy, some picnic tables and a sub-standard tennis court. Fencing provides shelter from neighbors. Time visited: 3 p.m. on a Friday Size: 2.4 acres of gently rolling terrain. Who was there: A couple of teenaged bicyclists and a man walking his dog. Where is it: Between 3rd and 5th avenues, next to Holiday Swim Club and a city pump station. Access from both 3rd and 5th. [MAP: 9] Mowing level: Good, except for a few odd patches of weeds and long grass. Random sighting: One courteous neighbor has a sign asking patrons to close the gate back once they retrieve tennis balls from their yard. What’s there: A paved trail runs through the park to the eastern and western entrances. There’s five picnic tables with one covered picnic shelter. A portable toilet is allegedly there during parts of the year, but not during our visit. Several trash cans are scattered throughout the park. [MAP: 9] For play, there’s a single basketball hoop that’s part of the tennis court, suitable for a half-court pickup game. The tennis court itself has a net, but is in pretty bad shape. Weeds are peeking through numerous...

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