Archive for the Category ‘Big Toy project’

Comcast helping Big Toy project

Comcast helping Big Toy project

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A cable TV company learned about a big park project in Keizer thanks to e-mail. That led to Tim Goodman, director of Government Affairs for Comcast Cable in Oregon and Southwest Washington, publicly thanking Janet Carlson at the March 2 Keizer City Council meeting. Carlson, the Marion County commissioner, […]

Volcanoes paying for a volcano slide at Big Toy

Volcanoes paying for a volcano slide at Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It would be expected for any large structure like the Big Toy being planned for Keizer Rapids Park to have a slide or two. How can a slide get a Keizer twist? Well, a volcano slide would do the trick. Jerry Walker, owner of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball team, […]

Big Toy site gets cleared

Big Toy site gets cleared

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Even while taking down 198 trees last week, Jerry Nuttbrock could see what the orchards would soon look like. Nuttbrock was recruited by Clint Holland to help clear out space in the orchards at Keizer Rapids Park, where community volunteers are expected to build the Big Toy play structure […]

Cheaper surface means Big Toy budget trimmed

Cheaper surface means Big Toy budget trimmed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Expenses for the Big Toy have been chopped by a quarter. A motion was approved at the Feb. 10 Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting to hold off on getting a top-line surface for the play structure at Keizer Rapids Park. A similar motion was approved the week […]

Money gap won’t deter the Big Toy

Money gap won’t deter the Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Four months can seem like a long time. Not when there is still plenty left to get done in four months, however. Such is the case with the Big Toy community build play structure project, set to be constructed June 10 to 14 at Keizer Rapids Park. The Community […]

Big Toy public relations machine is ramping up

Big Toy public relations machine is ramping up

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Just four months before construction, expect to see public relations crank up for the Big Toy project at Keizer Rapids Park. During Tuesday’s monthly Community Build Task Force meeting, held 126 days before the scheduled June 10 construction start date, plans for renewed publicity were discussed. Evan Christopher, the […]

Big Toy funding needs kick

Big Toy funding needs kick

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Money continues to come in for the Big Toy project, but it’s been trickling in. In a Keizertimes story last August, it was noted $197,400 had been raised for the project, or 47 percent towards the goal of $416,509.80. Fast forward five months and the raised amount has inched […]

Big Toy group aiming to avoid the big swell

Big Toy group aiming to avoid the big swell

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The general area is known for the Big Toy. However, the exact placement of the play structure scheduled to be built by community volunteers in June at Keizer Rapids Park was still up for discussion last week. Mark Caillier, general coordinator for the Big Toy, gave an update during […]

The Big Toy’s castle plans are not cast in concrete quite yet

The Big Toy’s castle plans are not cast in concrete quite yet

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The design for the Big Toy is still being tweaked. In September Rick Day, owner of Advantage Precast in Keizer, offered to donate blocks of concrete that could be used for a castle look at the play structure set to be built by community volunteers at Keizer Rapids Park […]

Year in review 2014: Political shakeup, drugs and a Big Delay

Year in review 2014: Political shakeup, drugs and a Big Delay

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There was a change in Keizer’s political landscape in 2014, but so much more. Before the year even started, big news items from late 2013 already were having an impact. As the year progressed, more issues kept coming up. Below is a brief summary of the top 10 Keizer […]

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