Author: Eric Howald

Skate park work breathes new life into local scene

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Saturday, Sept. 9, is a day that Robert Johnson will remember for a while. After overseeing a huge group of volunteers removing wood chips from the Big Toy, the Keizer parks supervisor was on his way home driving past Carlson Skate Park when something unexpected happened. “I saw this head pop up over the ramps when someone did a trick off the center diamond. It was the first time I’ve seen the kids doing tricks like that in years,” Johnson eagerly told city councilors and parks board members during a tour of...

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Goooaallllllll! Country Glen scores soccer pitch

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes One Keizer volunteer’s persistence in an effort to put a soccer field into Country Glen Park finally paid off at a meeting of the Keizer City Council Tuesday, Sept. 5. Wayne Frey has spoken with members of the city council and the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at meetings over the past several months regarding his desire to install a soccer field in the park between the Country Glen and Gubser neighborhoods. After hashing out some details with the parks board and then fine-tuning it all again at the request of...

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DEQ decision hinged on how the soil would be used, not where

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) looked at several options for handling contaminated soil at the site of a residential development in Salem before determining that moving it to two abandoned quarries north of Keizer would be the best fit. The decision boiled down to how the soil could be accessed by the public, said Nancy Sawka, a senior project manager with DEQ. The owners of the Northstar development, Granada Land Company, LLC, proposed several options for dealing with the pesticide-contaminated dirt: moving to a low-lying area of the property and...

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Design meetings set for story poles

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Area residents interested in helping shape the artwork to be featured on two large trees outside the Keizer Civic Center should start planning now. The Keizer Public Arts Commission recently approved a slate of meetings where individuals and groups will be able to pitch their ideas for the poles. The design process will follow a pattern similar to the development of the Big Toy in Keizer Rapids Parks. Interested citizens are invited to attend one of the upcoming meetings and then all ideas will be combined by a hired artist into an...

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