City Manager Chris Eppley is correct in thinking the Charge/caretakers’ house at Keizer Rapids Park should be demolished and a new education center/concession stand be built.
Keizer Rapids Park is a regional gem and, once all the amenities are developed, it could very well draw people from throughout the region.
Park infrastructure is added each year. Currently home to the Keizer Dog Park, the Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre and a boat ramp, it will soon also feature a destination community build play structure.
If a building is to house an education center, a green room for the amphitheatre and a concession stand, then Keizer should see that it is truly a conversation piece.
Tear down the existing house and replace it with a low slung, modern, glass enclosed pavilion. Green-tinted glass on all four sides would fit the location well and allow the beauty of the park be seen from within.
Due to its surroundings a building there need not be ostentatious. People approaching such a building would know it is something special.
Keizer Rapids Park has natural beauty that its architecture should embrace and enhance. We would be the envy of every Oregon city with a post-modern park pavilion.