Keeping the courts open

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The three new sand volleyball courts are being used. But please, be courteous and share with fellow Keizerites. That was the message from Hans Schneider, who spearheaded the project at Keizer Rapids Park, to members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board last week. “The courts are complete,” said Schneider, who did the project with $5,000 in assistance from the Parks Board’s matching grant program. “It’s still a little bit of a work in progress. We are adding a sprinkler system. We are talking to Robert (Johnson, parks supervisor for Keizer) about getting a sand dig area for kids. Kids are using the sand and bringing dirt into the courts. Maybe we could put up a sign for kids to use the sandbox.” Another change has been in terms of watering. “We are putting in a sprinkler system,” Schneider said. “We redug a 70-foot trench to water down the courts if they get hot. We’re also changing the tension system on the nets.” Schneider noted other issues have come up since the courts were completed in late July. “The ground is so packed down, if the ball goes outside the perimeter of the court it rolls forever,” he said. “You could be chasing it 200 feet or so. We’re looking at temporary fencing. We’re also having a little issue with dust from...

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