By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Hundreds of Keizerites turned out for the Nov. 14 community celebration of the Keizer Rapids Park Playground Project.
Students and parents alike excitedly looked for designs Keizer youth drew. Games and food were enjoyed in a crowded Keizer Civic Center lobby, while the Gubser Gators choir sang several songs.
But the last part of the evening was what everyone in the standing room-only city council chambers truly had been waiting for.
After all, that’s where designer Jane Lewis Holman with New York-based consultant Leathers and Associates unveiled the proposed design for the play structure scheduled to be built at KRP by the community next September.
When Holman put the drawing on an easel, young necks quickly swooped in for a closer look as murmurs quickly filled the room.
Each time Holman described one of the features, children turned to each other and whispered excitedly, often with a matching “Can you believe we’re getting that?” look.
There will be play areas: one for tots up to the age of 5 and another for older children. The design unveiled by Holman includes a sandbox, slide, spring toys, a tunnel, climbing wall, miniature Wallace House, a miniature Ford pickup, a bouncy bridge, swings and a tic-tac-toe board.
“There are lots of benches for mom and dad,” Holman said. “Now we have the little kids busy.”
With that, Holman went on to describe the play area for bigger children. One entrance will lead to a station with dueling fire trucks, while the other leads to the main structure.
“We will have a front entrance that will be cool to look at,” Holman said. “It’ll be a great big castle walkway.”
Other features include a maze, a tube slide, a twisty slide, a shaky bridge, a triple slide, a tree fort, bars, monkey bars, a spinner, swings, a tire swing, a tunnel, a rock climbing wall, a bouncy bridge and a paddle boat.
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