West Keizer Neighborhood Association
There are many projects, both new and ongoing, that are supported and/or spearheaded by the WKNA. We are also involved in other activities that benefit our area. Here's a list of what we're involved in currently.
The celebration featured history re-enactors from Silverton who pitched a camp much like what the Wallace party would have had before erecting the cabin that became Wallace House, the first such permanent (although inhabited for less than two years) structure in the Willamette Valley.
Keizer history buff Jerry McGee unveiled the interpretive kiosk and recounted the story surrounding the structure. Dr. David Lewis, manager of the Cultural Resources Dept. for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, presented the native Kalapuya perspective and disclosed several ways the American westward expansion and settlement affected native populations. Read his letter about Tcha-Mikiti (Chemeketa) and Wallace House published in the June 15, 2012 edition of the KeizerTimes.
The celebration topped off with generous helpings of cornbread and chili.
Neighborhood Watch, Ongoing:
The West Keizer neighborhood covers a large area: from Chemawa Rd. on the north to Stark St (city limits) on the south and River Rd on the east to the Willamette River on the west. There are approximately 3,100 households and, as of August 2011, there were only ten (10) Neighborhood Watch captains in this area.
Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and cost-efficient crime-prevention programs in the country. Burglary, auto theft, theft from vehicles, and vandalism are the most prevalent neighborhood crimes. But when those who would commit such crimes have reason to believe that they will be observed...well what do you know? They decide to try somewhere else!
Neighborhood Watch is not a vigilante or "nosy neighbor" type program. It is about neighbors caring about neighbors and is sanctioned by the Keizer Police Department. Lt. Andrew Copeland is the contact person at the KPD.
Inform the KPD when you plan to be gone for an extended period of time, as on a vacation. Vacation Notification formsare available at the KPD and online at the Department's web site. Officers will have access to the form in the event that there is a problem at your residence. Finally, always be alert to who and what is going on in your neighborhood so you can report any suspicious activity to the KPD.
So, get involved! After all, it's your neighborhood! You can take these steps to make it a safer place to live. Is it worth the very small investment? Definitely!
Cummings Elementary School Reader Board Cleanup, 2015-Present:
Every spring, the WKNA spruces up the reader board for Cummings Elementary with flowers often supplied by Egan Gardents. This year, we hope to expand our efforts to include the cement planters by the front and gym doors.
Delight Street Improvement, 2014-Present:
The WKNA has been working with the City for 4 years now to have a pathway and/or sidewalks put in
from the gym entrance up to Dearborn Ave. We have met many times with the City Public Works Director and the Traffic Safety, Pedestrian, & Bikeway Committee to keep this project rolling.
Willamette Manor Park, 2011:
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 June 25, 2014.
In the past the WKNA has participated in the quarterly Adopt-a-Streeet clean-up on Chemawa Rd. from River Rd. to Keizer Rapids Park.
Video: WKNA Vice President Rhonda Rich's Interview - Chemawa Road Cleanup
Wallace House Park Open House, 2012:
Keizer's Wallace House Park is a site of historical interest. In the summer of 1812, a fur-trapping party from the American Fur Co.'s Ft. Astoria built a cabin on the bank of the Willamette River here in order to trade with the local Kalapuya band. It was the first such structure in the Willamette Valley. Visit the park today to view the interpretive kiosk and step back in time.
The West Keizer Neighborhood Association joined the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Wallace House held at Wallace House Park on June 9, 2012.