Of the Keizertimes

An educational center has been proposed at Keizer Rapids Park.

A key question seems to be whether an existing building will be used for that center.

The issue has come up in recent years and was discussed again Tuesday night during the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting.

Richard Walsh, the Parks Board chair who played a key role in the formation of the park, noted the house Jonathan and Winifred Charge lived in for many years could be used for an educational center. Winifred donated part of her land and sold the rest to the city to get Keizer Rapids Park going. Charge brothers John and Reuben built homes on the property in the 1950s, not far from what is now the park’s amphitheater.

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