Eclipse planning hits logistic hurdles

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Planning for an event centered around the total eclipse that will pass over Keizer in August 2017 is beginning to stumble and time is growing short for things to begin taking shape. That was the message from Sherrie Gottfried, a member of the Keizer Festivals Advisory Board and the volunteer coordinator of “Keizer Eclipse 2017. Totally!” Current plans call for the Keizer Parks Foundation to take over Keizer Rapids Park for the weekend preceding the Aug. 21 celestial event and provide onsite camping and activities. “It’s not been easy so far,” said Gottfried. “I went out with Allen Barker (a candidate for Keizer City Council Position #1) to do some measuring and we came up with some ideas, but a lot of them were shot down when we presented them to the Foundation Board.” Gottfried said one of the primary concerns is parking. In addition to outstanding questions about whether the event will need to be Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, there is limited space to accommodate the parking space campers would require. “Are cars going to park by the tents? If not, we have to shuttle them in. These are the logistics that nobody knows yet, and any (vehicle) over 5,000 pounds will damage the pathway to access parts of the camping site,” Gottfried said. Gottfried and Barker determined there would be...

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