REDMOND, OR -- The design for a major facelift at Redmond's Baker Park is complete and work will finally begin soon, to create an all-abilities playground. It was last year's winner of the Portland Trailblazers Moda Assist contest, following an overwhelming response during an online vote. "It was really exciting to win and have the community support," says Redmond Parks Division Manager Annie McVay, "The Baker project is just really exciting. It was one of the first parks in Redmond and it's in dire need of an update." But, she says it took a while to secure the rest of the funding needed, "$20,000 is a great donation, but kind of just a drop in the bucket for all of the things that we wanted to do at Baker." McVay tells KBND News she applied for another grant over the summer, "We got a great grant from Oregon Parks and Rec Department, so now we can complete the whole project."
She acknowledges everyone is anxious to begin work at Baker Park, especially those living in the area who have questioned why it appears nothing is happening, "It'll probably take a good month or month and an half to do full construction of the area. They won't see that we've started until, probably, we tear down the old equipment and that will be sometime this spring." McVay adds, "We just awarded the contract for the equipment this week. We'll install it, hopefully before school is out; but not making any promises."
Prineville's Old Stryker Field is in the running for this year's Moda Assist grant. It could receive more money because they've doubled the amount contributed for each on-court assist made by the Blazers; it's now $20. Online voting for the 2019 contest begins February 20.