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In 2011, faced with a dilapidated and increasingly dangerous play structure at Willamette Manor city park, the WKNA took on the project to replace it. With the Keizer Parks Foundation, a private non-profit, WKNA lobbied the Parks Advisory Board and City Council to place the play structure first on their priority funding list. With a generous donation from Highway Fuel Company, it worked. Dedication and celebration of the structure  was Tuesday, June 25, 2014 .

October is a Busy Month in West Keizer!

KRP at entranceKeizer Rapids Park is a major feature of the West Keizer Neighborhood and its proper development will have a significant impact on our neighbors who live in its shadow. Our October meeting will, for one final time, offer a chance for adding to the conversation. We will review the three designs that came out of the Design Charrettes last 27 September The matter is so important we are taking every opportunity we can to bring it to our friends and neighbors just so we can provide the best input into the Master Plan, which will play such a big role in the enjoyment we all have in living in West Keizer. Rhonda Rich, Carolyn Homan, and Art Mauer will gather our thoughts, preferences, and ideas and present them the Parks Advisory Board at their Tuesday, 14 October meeting at which time the board will settle on a design to recommend to the City Council.

Cathy ClarkRoland HerreraBrandon SmithAmy RippMatt ChappellOur October meeting will be Thursday, 9 October 2014 at the Keizer Civic Center. Doors open around 6:30 pm, with the meeting under way by 7:00 pm. In addition to the focus on KRP, we will hear from four of the five candidates for open seats in Keizer city government. WKNA's own Cathy Clark will become the new mayor (she is unopposed) as Lore Christopher steps down after 14 years. Roland Herrera will take over Cathy Clark's councilor position, while Brandon Smith will return to the Council, replacing Jim Taylor who is stepping down after 12 years on the Council. Matt Chappell and Amy Ripp are vying for the opportunity to step into Joe Egli's position. Because of a prior commitment, Ms. Ripp could not attend our meeting. Mr. Chappell will fill us in on what he has learned in his second run for the Council.

Other important dates to mark on your calendar include our quarterly clean-up along Chemawa Rd N on Saturday 11 October and the 3 November City Council meeting. The WKNA has adopted the entire length of Chemawa Rd N from River Rd west to KRP. Because construction crews will be paving Chemawa between Shoreline Dr. and River Rd on Saturday, we will be working only the stretch between Shoreline and the park. We will meet at Shoreline at 10:00am for a great walk to the park, cleaning up the sides of the street as we go. A good group will make quick work.

The 3 November Council meeting will include a public hearing on the design to be adopted into KRP's Master Plan. This will be the final opportunity to present on the record to the powers who be the perspective of those of us in West Keizer who will be most directly affected by development at the park. West Keizer residents should show up in force whether or not we all testify.

The WKNA meets on the second Thursday of each month; it does not schedule meetings for the months of June, July, August or December. We meet at the Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Rd. NE. Meetings generally run from 7:00-9:00pm. The board of directors regularly meets on the first Thursday of each month, the week before the general meeting. Residents of West Keizer are welcome to attend. Please contact a member of the board for meeting time and location.

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