Of the Keizertimes

Next week, some key aspects of the Keizer Rapids Park Playground Project should be known – in some form, at least.

However, several other aspects are still in question. Such aspects were discussed during a community build task force meeting Tuesday evening.

One such question regards parking, which was brought up early in the meeting by Carol Doerfler.

“I’ve been very supportive of this project from the very beginning,” Doerfler said. “But I have one overwhelming anxiety and it’s the parking issue. I understand you don’t know until you know the size of the structure. But you need to keep it in the front of your mind. What I don’t want is for it to spill over onto Chemawa Road. I want no blacktop. I want plenty of parking.”

Bill Lawyer, Public Works director, noted a difficulty.

“We can’t do a parking plan until we know where the site will be,” Lawyer said.

That led to a question from city councilor Jim Taylor.

“Will the parking be in place when the play structure opens (next fall)?” Taylor asked.

“That’s a good question,” Lawyer responded. “It’s going to have to be. In my mind, parking is part of the project.”

Parking was also discussed in regards to figuring out a cost for the project. Councilors have earmarked $100,000 from the Parks Improvement Fund for the project, with $32,000 of that going to consultant Leathers and Associates out of New York.

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