Big concerns about little league

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Keizer Little League has provided plenty of smiles over the years, but some are questioning the amount of repairs needed at Keizer Little League Park. The issue was brought up during a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting last week and was debated again this week during the Keizer City Council meeting. (File photo)

Keizer Little League has provided plenty of smiles over the years, but some are questioning the amount of repairs needed at Keizer Little League Park. The issue was brought up during a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting last week and was debated again this week during the Keizer City Council meeting. (File photo)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Surprise and confusion were expressed regarding proposed improvements for Keizer Little League Park during Tuesday’s Keizer City Council meeting.

A list of more than $500,000 in needed work at the facility was presented by leaders of Keizer Little League and Keizer Youth Sports Association at the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting last week. A story about that meeting appeared on the front page of last week’s Keizertimes.

Dave Bauer brought up the topic during the public comments portion of the Feb. 19 council meeting, which was a day later than usual due to President’s Day.

“I put in thousands of hours there, along with other parents,” Bauer said. “I helped with the fieldhouse and concessions. That’s part of being a little league parent. When somebody said, ‘they should fix the fence,’ we said ‘they’ is ‘we.’ Everyone bought into that. We had the best facilities for kids to play at. It was built with pride and volunteerism.

“I have met with past volunteers and we have concerns for how the fields got to be in the shape they are,” Bauer added. “The philosophy now seems to be about playing, not about the shape of the fields.”


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