Big Toy group hits money goal

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The funding goal for the Big Toy project has been reached, but the work isn’t done. The slimmed down Community Build Task Force met last week, now down to seven members. Marlene Parsons is still chairing the meetings, which will continue on a monthly basis for at least the next couple of months. A grand opening for the Big Toy is taking place on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. Figures provided by Janet Carlson showed the fundraising group raised $321,224.41, or 101 percent of the goal of $319,009.80. That figure was down from the original goal of $416,000, which was lowered by 25 percent in February as the surface was changed to engineered wood fibers. Cutting the poured-in place rubber surface meant $105,000 was cut from the budget. One of the main objectives for continuing the CBTF is to pursue grants and other funding to get the surface in the future. “We are at 101 percent of the goal,” Parsons said. “I want to see that in print. We did it, again.” Carlson said all of $319,009 in the budget was used. That includes $198,618 for construction materials, $38,633.19 to project consultant Leathers and Associates, $32,695.13 in contingency funds, $31,717.82 for the parking lots and paths, $11,140 for food and lodging, $3,770 for donor recognition and $1,725 for a permit....

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