Designers get input from young minds

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Designer Jane Lewis Holman gets input from Keizer Elementary School kindergartners about what they’d like to see in the Keizer Rapids Park play structure on Nov. 14. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Designer Jane Lewis Holman gets input from Keizer Elementary School kindergartners about what they’d like to see in the Keizer Rapids Park play structure on Nov. 14. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

The shriek told the story.

Plenty of enthusiasm for the Keizer Rapids Park Playground Project was expressed last week – particular by youth on Design Day, Nov. 14.

Nowhere was that more evident than when designer Jane Lewis Holman met with students at Keizer Elementary School.

More than 3,000 students around Keizer had already been given the opportunity to draw their dream playground – an opportunity most took advantage of. Last Thursday was a chance for students to throw out ideas of what they wanted to see.

Throughout the day, Holman emphasized to students they knew best what should go in the play structure.

“After all, who knows more about playgrounds than kids?” she asked a group of kindergartners.

“NOBODY!” one boy screamed in his loudest voice, eliciting plenty of laughs from the adults in the room.

Holman and co-worker Steven Meyer from consultant Leathers and Associates flew into Portland from Florida on Nov. 13, meeting that evening with the Community Build Task Force chaired by city councilor Marlene Quinn.

One of the main reasons for that meeting was to make sure volunteers knew what input to solicit from students the following morning.

Quinn gave Holman and Meyer the drawings Keizer students had completed at the meeting, allowing the designers an opportunity to look for any common themes.

After the two looked at the proposed play structure sites (see related story) early on Nov. 14, Holman and one group of volunteers went to Keizer Elementary while Meyer and the other volunteers went to Clear Lake Elementary. Volunteers watched the designers interact with children, then went off to their assigned schools to replicate the task.


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