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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 .

Welcome Home! Welcome Back to WKNA!

KRP drawingWith master-planning for Keizer Rapids Park (KRP) kicking into (at least) second gear, the focus of our first regular meeting after the summer hiatus will be to provide our representatives to the planning committee the ammunition they need for their important task. At our special meetin,g last June 12th, we laid out our vision for KRP by prioritizing or ranking suggested amenities such as enhanced river access, an educational center, additional trails, lighted trails, etc. We will continue the discussion started last June in order to equip the three members of the WKNA board — Rhonda Rich, Carolyn Homan, and Art Mauer (who will be working directly on the Master Plan for the park) with the most complete vision possible. The "Design Charettes", at which the Parks Advisory Board will show off the Master Plan and/or alternatives for public viewing, will be Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Keizer Civic Center.

Big Toy conceptThis first regular meeting will be Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Keizer Civic Center. Doors open around 6:30 pm, with the meeting under way by 7:00 pm. There will be maps of the park and templates for various amenities that will be placed in the park. By the end of the meeting, we should be able to reach a consensus that Rhonda, Art, and Carolyn can take to the Advisory Board for consideration in the Master Plan. We need the input of as many West Keizer Neighborhood residents as possible. We need YOU!!

KRP at entranceThe 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. Be sure to join us September 11, 2014 for this important meeting. 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.

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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