By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
While fellow Keizerites were celebrating a holiday tradition in the cold, members of the Community Build Task Force committee were talking about a project to be done when it’s likely to be hot out.
On Dec. 3, the same time as the Keizer Tree Lighting ceremony at Walery Plaza, task force members kept the momentum up for the Keizer Rapids Park Playground Project, scheduled to be built in KRP in September 2014.
Marlene Quinn, chair of the task force, noted there has been a high amount of interest in fence pickets, which are being sold for $35 each ($50 each for a business) and will be installed as part of the park. So far more than $500 has been turned in for pickets, Quinn said. More information about the pickets, being sold by the Keizer Parks Foundation, is available at http://www.keizer.org/Rapids/KRP3/PicketSalesFillable.pdf.
Following the successful Design Day event on Nov. 14 – which drew an estimated 400 people to Keizer Civic Center, exceeding expectation by 300 people – Quinn said one of her main goals was to get general coordinators for the project named by the end of the year.
“We have all struck out,” Quinn said. “Following up on Richard Walsh’s recommendation, it will be my daughter (Heather Weathers) and I. We will be the general coordinators.”
In the time since, however, there was an update. Quinn announced during this week’s Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting a new general coordinator had been secured.
“Bruce Nopp is the new general coordinator,” Quinn said Tuesday. “Myself and Heather will assist him, but Bruce will be the one in charge.”
The first fundraising committee meeting is expected to take place on Dec. 18, consisting of Walsh, mayor Lore Christopher, county commissioner Janet Carlson, Clint Holland, Jeanne Bond-Esser and councilor Jim Taylor.
Walsh said one funding option would be naming rights.
“I talked with our consultant about options for that,” Walsh said. “We have a park policy now with amenities that if you pay more than 50 percent of the cost, you can ask for naming rights. We may want to adjust. We need to set a policy. We want to get a consistent policy. The consultant will go through the amenities and see which things make sense to name.”
Another key topic was nailing down a location within KRP for where the play structure will go. Designer Jane Holman Lewis clearly preferred the Area B option, a triangle of land between the amphitheater and the boat ramp. The main concern about that site has been if there is enough room, especially with room needed for parking as well.
Bill Lawyer, director of Public Works for Keizer, noted he is still waiting on the schematics of the design to make sure everything will fit.
“So the space B would still work?” Quinn asked. “And parking could be right there?”
Responded Lawyer, “I believe so, with parking to the south.”
Quinn emphasized things needs to be certain before moving forward.
“We need to know if that’s going to fit,” she said. “The consensus is that’s where they want it and they say it’ll fit there.”
Most coordinators have been named: Walsh and Carlson are co-coordinating fundraising, Brandon Smith and Evan Christopher are co-coordinating public relations, Kim and Ron Freeman plus Will Stint are coordinators of volunteers, Carolyn Ream is coordinator of the children’s group, Randy Cook and Rick Day are co-coordinating purchased materials, Larry Barz is coordinator of food, Rob Miller is coordinator of tools, Linda Baker is coordinator of design and special features, Quinn is coordinator of special needs while Lawyer and Randy Cook are co-coordinating construction captains.
The only issue was Danielle Bethel being listed as coordinator of donated materials. Ron Freeman said Bethel didn’t learn until seeing her name listed on Design Day and didn’t want to do it, since no one had talked to her beforehand.