Day: September 23, 2014

Highs and lows on Parks Tour

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Attendees at last week’s annual Parks Tour loved the news of the upcoming addition to Bair Park. Same for the recent work done at Sunset Park. The brown grass at Keizer Little League Park, on the other hand? Not so much. Members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board hosted Keizer City Councilors on the tour of several parks, put on each year as a chance for Parks Board members to either show off recent improvements or to talk about projects that need funding help. Parks Supervisor Robert Johnson started the tour by giving a brief update at KLL Park, which is being managed by Keizer Little League this year. “They stopped watering after their season was over,” Johnson said. That was certainly noticed, to the chagrin of many. “We can’t have the park looking like this,” mayor Lore Christopher said. Clint Holland, a Parks Board member, said people who’ve done upkeep at KLL Park in the past should be contacted. “We just need some guys to come help,” Holland said. Councilor Cathy Clark noted the management contract doesn’t end when the playing season ends. “Work should be done for the duration of the contract,” Clark said. Parks Board member Richard Walsh didn’t like what he saw, either. “This is an example of things falling in the cracks,” Walsh said. “That’s what...

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KRP planning is part of WKNA meeting

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Think of it as a preview of sorts. During the Sept. 11 West Keizer Neighborhood Association meeting, locations for proposed amenities at Keizer Rapids Park were discussed. In a way, it previewed the process that will like be happening in the Sept. 27 design charette for future plans at KRP. The charette will run from 10 a.m. to noon that Saturday morning at Keizer Civic Center. Rhonda Rich, president of WKNA, gave a list of amenities to the dozen or so attendees. “This list is not in order of priority,” Rich said. “We also have our survey results. We took amenities from the (August) Parks Board meeting, which are the amenities that will be assigned to the groups at the charette. This is what they’ll be working on.” Rich had layouts for three different sections of KRP, with amenities such as the Big Toy, picnic areas, a covered shelter, flush toilets, parking, an educational facility and various sports fields depicted on pieces of paper that could be moved around like puzzle pieces. The three areas of the park depicted were the marine/boat ramp area, the sand volleyball courts/orchards and the amphitheater/Charge house area. “We will just be brainstorming,” Rich emphasized. Richard Walsh, a member of the Parks Board and a key figure behind the formation of KRP, noted there is no timeline on...

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Lady Celts start with 4-0 roll

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two weeks into the season, the Lady Celts of the varsity volleyball team are standing tall in the Greater Valley Conference and state rankings. In the past week, the girls have notched wins over West Salem, McMinnville and Forest Grove high schools while prepping to face one of the tougher new additions to the league, West Albany High School. Tough opponents and a nearly untarnished record have rocketed the team up the state rankings and settled them into sixth place. “Honestly, I’m surprised. The seniors we lost were a big part of our game. I’ve been surprised at how good we are given how young we are, but we have a heart for the game,” said Kaelie Flores, a McNary junior. McNary’s week started with a 3-0 victory over Forest Grove Tuesday, Sept. 9, in set scores of 25-21, 25-18 and 25-9. Senior Lauren Hudgins had nine kills in the match followed by Flores with five. Senior Megan Douglas had nine digs and three aces. Kylie Gilmour had eight digs. Thursday, Sept. 11, brought the first of what will be many double-headers this season. With a larger conference and more travel, varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams compete at one of the three separate schools for a pair of matches. “It was different and you could kind of see everyone losing steam...

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