Various play structure ideas will be discussed during design days, tentatively set for Nov. 13 and 14. (Submitted)

Various play structure ideas will be discussed during design days, tentatively set for Nov. 13 and 14. (Submitted)

Of the Keizertimes

Plans call for a large play structure to be built in Keizer Rapids Park next fall.

However, in order for that to happen, work has to be done this fall.

Members of the Community Build Task Force met Sept. 25. The main part of the meeting was a conference call with Kyle Cundy, project manager with New York-based Leathers and Associates, the company chosen last month to serve as project consultants.

Several task force members mentioned being overwhelmed by the 227-page packet of information provided by Leathers, but the main thrust of the call was simpler: figuring out timeline options.

Cundy recommended using files provided by the company to keep the project on task.

“Try to utilize all of the tools,” she said. “You have a projected date, but I don’t know how real that is for you. I want to see what your goals are and when you’ll host that kickoff event. That is the key event for your community.”

One of the first tasks to complete is a design day, in which a person from the company meets with local children to gather input on what should be in the playground. Once that information is gathered, options will be presented during a community-wide evening meeting.

A preliminary timeline had the design day on Oct. 29, with actual construction starting next September.

“I saw the October date and started hyperventilating,” Parks Board chair Richard Walsh told Cundy. “I saw all the things you say we should do. We still need to get more volunteers. We haven’t gone to the schools yet. Really, today is day No. 1.”

Cundy emphasized the date could be changed.

“They are just project dates,” she said. “The most important thing is coordinating with the schools and getting a workflow established with them. You can involve students by having the students create drawings and make stories about them. Our goal is to meet with as many kids as we can.”

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