What is the next priority for KRP?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Big Toy portion of Keizer Rapids Park is pretty much figured out. What about the rest of the park? In 2014, the master plan for KRP was updated as part of moving the play structure to its location in the filbert orchard. While amenities were put into place on a map, there wasn’t much discussion about costs or priorities. Such a conversation took place during December’s Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. Robert Johnson, parks director for the city, said a pathway from the boat-in campground along the Willamette River to the gate where disc golf begins would be about 2,500 feet in length and cost about $100,000. “With multi-use sports courts, the options are endless,” Johnson said. “It depends on what you’re looking for. If that’s a priority, I can get some numbers.” Parks Board member Richard Walsh said sports courts have been talked about for several years. “The reason being is it could be done cheaper than a parking lot,” Walsh said. “We really don’t have an outdoor basketball court area.” Johnson noted he’s had a request for a different type of court. “I’ve had people ask me if they can play pickleball,” he said. “It’s a life size version of ping pong, played on a tennis court.” Bill Lawyer, Public Work director, said old Systems Development Charges (SDC)...

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