Improvements for Palma Ciea Park sought by neighbors during meeting

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes At this time a year ago, the idea of Palma Ciea Park being sold and being turned into new housing was a distinct possibility. That changed when it was discovered the city doesn’t technically own the park land and thus couldn’t sell it. Now the park is getting a proverbial second lease on life. Several neighbors spoke at Tuesday’s Keizer Parks and Recreation Board meeting at Keizer Civic Center, seeking improvements for the park and talking about future plans. That would be a contrast to the current overrun condition of the park overlooking the Willamette River, which prompted last year’s discussions. Martin Doerfler noted he and several neighbors went to the park a number of years ago and “made it look pretty decent for a while” and noted the same could happen now, especially if neighbors stopped throwing yard debris into the park. “It can look nice,” Doerfler said. “It could be a viable park. To sit and look at the river, it would be a great place. We would just need a couple of benches. I would go sit, look at the river and read. If you can go, sit and relax for a bit, it would be a worthwhile space.” In response to a question from newly re-elected Parks Board chair David Louden, Doerfler said he imagined neighbors would be willing...

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