Archive for the Category ‘Big Toy project’

Big Toy group hits money goal

Big Toy group hits money goal

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The funding goal for the Big Toy project has been reached, but the work isn’t done. The slimmed down Community Build Task Force met last week, now down to seven members. Marlene Parsons is still chairing the meetings, which will continue on a monthly basis for at least the […]

Stitt happy to see Big Toy happen

Stitt happy to see Big Toy happen

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Will Stitt’s son had to wait nearly a year. Before Liam Stitt turned 6 last September, dad figured he had the perfect present: a new playground at Keizer Rapids Park called the Big Toy. While such a structure was already in the park’s master plan, it was Will Stitt […]

WE DID IT: The Big Toy

WE DID IT: The Big Toy

There was plenty of pride and spirit on display as the Big Toy was built starting last Wednesday, June 10. There were also the volunteers, completing Keizer’s motto. The only problem was not quite enough volunteers. As a result, the scheduled 5 p.m. soft opening on Sunday, June 14 didn’t take place. Instead, project leaders […]

Big Toy build underway at KRP

Big Toy build underway at KRP

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The big week is here for the Big Toy. Hordes of community volunteers started showing up at the play structure site Wednesday morning, in the filbert orchards at Keizer Rapids Park. A playground was part of the KRP Master Plan approved in 2008. The idea for what became the […]

Build time around corner for Big Toy

Build time around corner for Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes More than two years later, there was a sense of nearing the end of the road. Tuesday night marked the last regular meeting of the Community Build Task Force, formed in early 2013 as plans got underway for what became known as the Big Toy play structure. The Big […]

Big Toy pesticide concerns muted

Big Toy pesticide concerns muted

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes When the orchard site was discussed as a possible location for the Big Toy play structure last year, most of the concern was the timing of getting the land within city limits. A less verbalized concern was the spraying of pesticides in the orchards where the filberts are harvested […]

Big Toy will change future of Keizer

Big Toy will change future of Keizer

By JANET CARLSON & LORE CHRISTOPHER The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park is about building our community and improving our children’s health. As a community, we are concerned about childhood obesity that has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents. The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park will make possible healthy, active outdoor […]

Consultant likes Big Toy

Consultant likes Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Big Toy project is in good shape. That is the assessment of Bill Hugill, a consultant with New York-based Leathers and Associates, the consultant guiding the community build play structure to be built at Keizer Rapids Park over a five-day period from June 10 to 14. Hugill was […]

Organization Day big day for Big Toy

Organization Day big day for Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes For the Big Toy playground project, it’s time to get organized. Construction consultant Bill Hugill from New York-based project consultant Leathers and Associates will be in Keizer Tuesday, April 7. Hugill will spend the day meeting with leaders of the project, including chairs of the various committees, two months […]

Everything you wanted to know about the Big Toy

Everything you wanted to know about the Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In case you haven’t heard, a big playground is coming to Keizer soon. If things go according to plan, the Big Toy will be built in June. The project has had some issues, such as a nine-month delay and a controversy over the location that lasted most of 2014. […]

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