Big Toy gets new home

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It’s been moved again, but there might finally be a set location for the Big Toy playground. Nearly a year ago, a consultant recommended the community build play structure be built in the “Area B” section of Keizer Rapids Park, between the amphitheater and the boat ramp. In late January Mayor Lore Christopher opined there were better options. That set off a search not only for a new Big Toy location, but it also led to a process of updating the master plan at KRP and incorporating 28 new acres of land as part of an Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expansion. Following months of meetings, Keizer City Councilors on Monday approved a recommendation from the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board regarding the master plan amendment. Councilors also approved Big Toy general coordinator Mark Caillier’s suggestion to move the play structure slightly east from what the Parks Board recommended. A formal resolution and ordinance will be voted on during the Dec. 1 council meeting. Caillier waited patiently for his turn to speak Monday and had a cardboard picture cutout of the Big Toy, which he placed on an enlarged KRP map to show councilors the different location. The site chosen by the Parks Board would have involved the cutting down of trees in the orchard along Walsh’s Way. Caillier’s location, east of the...

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