It’s gonna be The Big Toy

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Designer Jane Lewis Holman goes over the design of the play structure last November. The project now has an official name: The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park. (KEIZERTIMES file/Craig Murphy)

Designer Jane Lewis Holman goes over the design of the play structure last November. The project now has an official name: The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park. (KEIZERTIMES file/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

So what exactly should one call the big toy project going in at Keizer Rapids Park later this year?

Simple: The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park.

That was the official name for the project chosen at Tuesday night’s Community Build Task Force meeting.

The working name had been Keizer Rapids Park Playground Project, or KRP3 for short.

“We never intended to settle on that,” said Brandon Smith, co-coordinator of the public relations committee along with Evan Christopher. “The idea was just to shorten it.”

Richard Walsh said several people have asked him about changing the name.

“The basic idea is, with KRP3, you always have to explain what it is,” Walsh said. “Whey you’re talking to a 5-year-old, they will want to say the big toy. The ‘3’ is cute, but I don’t know if it works in terms of helping people know what it means. When we were getting going and wanted to get into the schools, we had to get letterhead out so we just grabbed a logo. The only reason we used the logo we had is we saw it in the 30 seconds of searching.”

Smith noted Christopher has a person willing to work on a more permanent logo. Before that could be done, however, an official name was needed.

Names such as Keizer Big Toy, The Playground, Keizer’s Big Toy and The Keizer Big Toy were thrown out for discussion.

“‘Big’ has to be in there somewhere,” city councilor Jim Taylor opined.

Ron Freeman suggested doing The Keizer Big Toy, with ‘at Keizer Rapids Park’ being used as the tagline. There were some concerns having Keizer twice in the name could be overkill.

“We could do The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park, with the last part in subscript,” Walsh said.

Others immediately liked the idea, so a motion to use that as the name was unanimously approved.

In other business Tuesday:

• In December, concerns were brought up by Keizer City Councilors about whether the play structure will fit in the Area B at KRP as has been recommended. Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, noted he has studied maps and drawings since.

“I’m now more comfortable the drawings are accurate,” Lawyer said. “The playground clearly fits. Parking was the problem and I don’t know yet about that. I will talk with council about it at their next meeting (on Jan. 21). I’m much more comfortable today, after looking at the information, that everything will fit.”

• Randy Cook will be replacing Bruce Nopp as co-general coordinator for the overall project. Cook will share general coordinator duties with former city councilor Mark Caillier.

Meredith Coy was going to be co-coordinator of the child care committee but has backed out. She has a valid reason: she’s expecting a child in June.

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