By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Sundays will soon be busy at the Keizer Civic Center.
In addition to the Lakepoint Community Church meeting at the city hall each Sunday at 11 a.m., for a three month span from June 2 to Sept. 1 a new Keizer Sunday Farmers Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chalmers Jones Park, located behind city hall.
Keizer City Councilors on Monday approved plans for operations of the market, with a bulk of the discussion centered on parking and banners – the latter in particular drawing concerns.
There are approximately 275 parking spots at Keizer Civic Center, including spots by the adjacent Keizer Heritage Center. There are an additional 40 spots by the Carlson Skate Park.
Nate Brown, Keizer’s director of Community Development, said market parking will be limited to the 40 spots by the skate park and spots by the Heritage Center until 11:30 a.m., by which time everyone attending the Lakepoint service (around 200 people a week) would be there. At that point there would be no parking restrictions for the market.
“We met with the church that meets here and the market folks,” Brown said. “We’ve worked the details of how they will coordinate. They are both in favor of that.”
Councilor Cathy Clark is in favor of the market happening.
“I’m very excited about this,” Clark said. “It’s something we’ve wanted in the community.”
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