REDMOND, OR -- Redmond's Baker Park needs renovating, and if it wins the Portland Trail Blazers Moda Assist Program's latest contest, it could be transformed with an all-abilities playground. Redmond is up against parks in Gresham and Dallas, Oregon and the winning park will be determined by popular vote.
Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, of Moda Health, says community enthusiasm really took over, in recent weeks, creating an unfair situation through the online voting website. But, she tells KBND News, that has now been fixed. "We have a mechanism in place; we're making sure that it's just one vote per person per day and so, any multiple votes will not be counted."
The program is funded by Moda Health and the Blazers; the organizations make a joint $10 donation for each on-court assist made during a Blazers game. It began five years ago, and four parks have been renovated, to-date. "The entire program was really to bolster and encourage community engagement and participation," says Stoudamire-Phillips.
Votes will be accepted through Monday, with the winner revealed Tuesday. Then, at the Blazers home game on April first, "We invite representatives from that city to come out, and there will be representatives from both Moda and the Portland Trailblazers and Damien Lillard - who is our Ambassador for the Moda Assist Program - will do that check presentation. And then after that, we get to work on that park!"
As of Friday morning, Redmond had inched ahead of Dallas, with about a 700 vote lead. Click HERE
to cast your vote.