Parks district in Keizer’s future?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes An old topic was brought up again Tuesday. Through much of 2013, members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board discussed various ways of securing more funding for Keizer parks. At the end of the year, then-mayor Lore Christopher splashed cold water on the idea and implored Parks Board members to focus on the Big Toy play structure project and updates to the Keizer Rapids Park master plan. Now, talk of more funding for parks has come up again. The idea was brought up during the Parks Board’s annual Parks Tour with Keizer City Councilors in early September. Councilor Marlene Parsons talked about the idea at Tuesday’s Parks Board meeting, sharing information she learned at a recent conference. “Springfield and Bend have special parks districts, like we do here with the Keizer Fire District,” Parsons said. “It would be a special district, with its own board of directors and staff to take care of the parks. It would be a separate entity from the city, like how the fire district is separate.” Parsons said the Bend Parks and Recreation District and the Willamalane Parks and Recreation District in Springfield work for those cities. “They have beautiful parks,” Parsons said. “They know they’re getting that money every year, instead of bond or levy money that can run out. They are very excited about...

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