KNOW YOUR PARKS: In Gubser, Newton Park is a hidden gem

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes In a nutshell: Bob Newton Family Park (formerly Wilark Park) is a mid-sized community park in the Gubser neighborhood. Lots for kids to do, including a modern big toy, swings, a tennis court,  basketball hoops for half and full-court play, and a nice, shaded area with several picnic tables along a seasonal drainage channel. Time visited: 11:30 a.m. on a Friday Size: 8.4 acres. Who was there: A grandmother and her grandson were enjoying the big toy, and while we were there a company arrived to clean the portable toilet. Where is it: It’s in the Gubser neighborhood, with access from 14th Avenue and Trail Avenue. Also some parking on a dead end street off of 14th. Gravel road allows vehicle access to a small parking lot on the park’s north side. Mowing level: Very good. Weeds were few and far between and the grass was lush and green – but not high. What’s there: The park’s main attractions are likely a fancy big toy (donated by Keizer Rotary Club) and a single tennis court. The tennis court is in decent shape; we saw no cracks in the pavement, and the net itself is in good shape. Also on the court are three basketball hoops; two on one side of the court and one on the other. The hoops are set up to...

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