Clearing the way at Hidden Creek Park

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Hidden Creek Estates homeowners (from left) Frank Salerno, Bill Slimak, Jill Lopez and JT Hager have been among those working to clear blackberry bushes, ivy and more around Hidden Creek Park, a walking park on the other side of Labish Ditch from the Gubser neighborhood. A group of homeowners has been working on cleaning up the area since the spring of 2011. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Hidden Creek Estates homeowners (from left) Frank Salerno, Bill Slimak, Jill Lopez and JT Hager have been among those working to clear blackberry bushes, ivy and more around Hidden Creek Park, a walking park on the other side of Labish Ditch from the Gubser neighborhood. A group of homeowners has been working on cleaning up the area since the spring of 2011. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

The fight is not staying hidden.

In the last couple of years, neighbors in the Hidden Creek Estates Owners Association have started a task force. Members of the task force started cleaning up the area around Hidden Creek Park, which is primarily a walking park behind the Gubser neighborhood, just down the street from Country Glen Park.

The area became a city park following the floods of 1996. Around 2005 the current bike path was put in.

“In 2010, some homeowners complained this was looking bad,” said Bill Slimak, who brought the situation to the attention of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board earlier this month.

But the homeowners aren’t demanding the city help them clean up things. Instead, a dedicated group has pitched in to get the work done.


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