Day: July 21, 2014

KSC still looking for fields at KRP

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Field space issues aren’t going away anytime soon for the Keizer Soccer Club (KSC). As such, club officials are hoping to move forward with plans for two soccer fields at Keizer Rapids Park. The idea was brought up last week during the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. A letter to the Parks Board from KSC’s Erin Christison highlighted key features. Christison, in charge of sponsorships for KSC, noted the group’s original plan of erecting two full-size soccer fields was still being requested, requiring roughly 10 acres. The fields were originally planned to be built directly across from the Big Toy play structure. “We feel that this was a great placement to encourage family and spectator participation in games and other activities,” Christison wrote. The letter states the need for at least 120 parking spaces and that the group “had also been promised the use of city funds” for the $150,000 project. The goals would be removable so the field could be used for other activities when not needed by KSC, with the group seeking a sponsor willing to help with maintenance. In an interview with the Keizertimes this week, Christison said the project is a continuation of past efforts to get new soccer fields in Keizer. Last year, KSC officials wanted to build a new field at Claggett Creek Park, with...

Read More

Plan for sports facility outlined

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Picture this, if you will. Picture softball and baseball fields at Keizer Rapids Park, as well as a multi-use field for soccer, football and lacrosse. In addition, picture an adjoining indoor facility for indoor sports such as tennis and basketball, plus space for softball and baseball teams to use. Add to it the Big Toy playground structure. Can you picture that? Troy Bingenheimer sure can. Bingenheimer, the former softball director for Keizer Youth Sports Association (KYSA) the last three years, shared such a vision during the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting July 8 at McNary High School. The meeting was held at MHS instead of the customary Keizer Civic Center location in an effort to get ideas for potential future youth sports amenities at the park. Bingenheimer, whose daughter will be starting seventh grade and plays softball, granted Keizertimes a follow-up interview this week to discuss his idea. “I don’t have anyone necessarily working on it right now,” said Bingenheimer, who had hinted last week he had someone who might be willing to help out. “It’s more of a verbal, ‘Hey, what do you think we need?’ I can see what we need. I’ve been on the inside, at least on the KYSA side, to see what we need to improve. My idea to do it is because I saw the...

Read More