By LYNDON A. ZAITZ
Of the Keizertimes
A small army of volunteers attacked a reconstruction project at Keizer Little League Park to repair damaged infrastructure on Saturday, March 1. Keizer resident Danielle Bethell took on the repair as part of her Rotary Club project.
With reports of the damage caused by vandalism in the media and on social networking Internet sites, Bethell was approached by local businesses and volunteers to help. Larry Dalke, vice president of Dalke Construction of Salem, contacted Bethell and offered his services as project manager; he proceeded to recruit other volunteers from local construction and supply companies.
On Saturday workers were building two new dugouts, digging trenches for drainage pipes, constructing a new base for bleachers and erecting a new score box. There is still work on the project to be completed over the next few weeks.
Four Keizer youth, identified as the vandals, were also part of the group working on the project.
Besides project leader Dalke Construction, others donating volunteer labor and material were Parr Lumber, Fredinburg Masonry, Rick’s Custom Fencing, Dale’s Remodeling, Pfeifer Roofing and the Keizer Rotary Foundation. Individuals included real estate broker Tom Marks, Marion County Fire District #1 Chief Kevin Henson, Troy Young, Jim Millen and Luis Garcia.