Envisioning an educational center at KRP

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The currently vacant Charge house, located on Keizer Rapids Park property above the amphitheater, has been talked about as the site of an educational center. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

The currently vacant Charge house, located on Keizer Rapids Park property above the amphitheater, has been talked about as the site of an educational center. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Just what would happen at an educational center out at Keizer Rapids Park?

In recent weeks, Keizertimes has looked at Rick Day’s renewed efforts to get an educational center at KRP. Day’s plans have been approved by the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board – of which he is part – three times, including earlier this month. Members of the Keizer City Council would have to approve plans before the project could go forward.

Day, owner of Advantage Precast in Keizer, has proposed converting the existing Charge house into an educational center. He estimates such a project would cost $170,000. Of that, he’s hoping for $70,000 from the city in the form of System Development Charges (SDCs) and the rest from donated materials and volunteer labor.

But what is the vision for such a facility?

“It would serve a bunch of purposes,” said Day, who drew up plans in March 2009. “A school bus could drop kids off on weekdays. There would be a walkway to the courtyard above the amphitheater. In that corridor, there would be historic and art-related stuff. Plants could be in placards. There are two paddles we have procured from sternwheelers. What I would love to see is that integrated somewhere in the park.

“So you would have the sternwheeler thing, native plants and the history of the area,” Day continued. “I can see the historic thing, but you could also use the facility for amphitheater events. I would think there would be a permanent placard for those who did the project, otherwise you could rotate out different educational items.”

Day said the 24-by-24 foot garage could be used as a classroom.


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