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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, 25 June.

Nate BrownDo you want to know what all the frenzy is about the urban growth boundary and the impact it could have on the Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park? Do you have general questions about the state of development in the city of Keizer? Nate Brown, Keizer's Director of Community Development, will be the featured speaker at the Association's 10 April meeting. Central to his presentation will be the prospect for expanding Keizer's UGB to include 28 acres of the Buchholz orchard in time to consider siting the Big Toy playground there rather than in the park between the Rotary Amphitheatre and the boat landing parking area.

Big Toy concept drawingIn January, Mayor Lore Christopher "threw a wrench" in the planning and siting of the Big Toy by suggesting that placing the playground between the entrance to KRP and Walsh Way would better serve the community. That move immediately got some support from fellow councilors Jim Taylor and Dennis Koho, but raised the ire of Parks Advisory Board (and WKNA Board) member Clint Holland and fellow members of the Keizer Rotary. WKNA president Rhonda Rich has already weighed in on the debate, testifying before the city council in support of the "Site 1" location in the park. The WKNA board has also stated its support for that site.

We will also have our regular updates from Keizer Police Lt. Andrew Copeland and Ron Freeman, WKNA's representative on the KRP community build task force, about the "Big Toy".

The WKNA meets on the second Thursday of each month; it does not schedule meetings for the months of December, June, July, or August. 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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