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Day: June 30, 2011

Boat ramp gets funding



Of the Keizertimes

If all goes well, by late next summer Keizerites won’t have to leave town to put that boat in the river.

A $1.08 million boat ramp at Keizer Rapids Park is one step closer to reality, with the Oregon State Marine Board approving funding for three-fourths of the project.

The Marine Board met in Sisters Monday to dole out grants for waterway projects throughout the state. The city will be required to come up with some $250,000 in either cash or in-kind contributions.

“Any volunteering, donations or in-kind work people are willing to contribute will count against our match, so our desire is to reduce that level of $250,000 as much as we can,” said Community Development Director Nate Brown.

System development charges collected for parks will also be used, he said.

Installing a boat ramp is a requirement of grants the city has already received from the Marine Board for property acquisition, Brown said.

“This is a fulfillment of that obligation,” Brown said. “The Marine Board funded a portion of the property acquisition.”

Plans call for a single-lane boat ramp, a parking lot with room for 60 vehicles, an access road and restrooms. Should the grant be approved Brown said design drawings should be ready in spring 2012, with construction commencing that summer.

The city already has required permits from the Department of State Lands and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Currently the closest upstream boat ramp is at Wallace Marine Park, with downstream ramps at Wheatland Ferry and Willamette Mission State Park.

The letter sent June 16 from the Oregon Marine Board states upstream travel to Keizer Rapids is constrained by rapids, shallow water and gravel bars during summer, and developing this boat ramp “will open a stretch of the Willamette River that is currently inaccessible except to local waterfront residents with boats, or during higher flows in winter and spring.”

The letter adds the project “appears to pose little adverse impacts on adjacent land uses or the environment.”

Where to find fireworks shows all weekend long

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While the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are on the road on the Fourth of July, they’re setting off fireworks at all three games Friday-Sunday at Volcanoes Stadium.

Game time is 7:05 for all three contests; fireworks come after the game. Friday and Saturday’s games come against the Everett Aquasox, while the Volcanoes face the Vancouver Canadians on Sunday, July 3.

Looking elsewhere in the mid-valley and beyond:


The 88th Annual Molalla Buckaroo Rodeo brings the first of four days of fireworks. The rodeo is at 815 Shirley Street in Molalla.

In Woodburn, gunpowder launches at 9:30 p.m. at Woodburn Company Stores. Event is free, with special sales in various outlet stores kicking off at 8 p.m.


And the 88th Annual Molalla Buckaroo Rodeo brings the second of four days of fireworks.

On the coast, Pacific City gets in on the act.



In St. Paul, there’s a fireworks display on July 3 as part of the St. Paul Rodeo.

And in Independence, day one of two days of fireworks displays start at dusk as part of Independence Days, a four-day festival that includes a Fourth of July Hometown Parade, carnival, vendors, live music, games and art shows.

In Molalla, day three of the Buckaroo Rodeo brings more fireworks.

And The Oregon Garden is shooting off fireworks to celebrate 10 years in Silverton as part of an all-day event.

Oceanside, Waldport and Yachats are hosting displays.


In Salem, fireworks begin at dusk at Salem Riverfront Park, located at 101 Front Street. Festivities kick off at 2 p.m., including food and beverage booths, family-friendly entertainment, live music and antique cars.

In Independence, July 4 brings day two of fireworks as part of Independence Days.

And in Mill City, a dusk fireworks display on July 4 caps off a weekend of events that include a noon parade, family games, food vendors and more centered around Kimmel Park July 2-4.

McMinnville brings its display at dusk Monday, July 4, on the Amity High School football field.

Detroit Lake State Park hosts a fireworks display at dusk.

Stayton’s fireworks begin at dusk as the headliner for a day-long festival that includes a 4 p.m. parade.

Mt. Angel lights up the sky after a parade and a concert by the Marion County Citizens Band.

And in Molalla, the fourth and final day of fireworks brings the 88th Annual Molalla Buckaroo rodeo to a conclusion.

Our neighbors to the north are also hosting displays on July 4:

• Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, 10:05 p.m., Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 SW Naito Parkway, Portland. Donation of $10.

• Fort Vancouver, 10:05 p.m., 1501 E. Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, Wash., $7 at the gate, $5 in advance.

• Oaks Park Pepsi Fireworks Spectacular, 9:55 p.m. (dusk), 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland. $5 for $16 and over, $2 for 15 and under, $3 for seniors.

• Corbett Oregon Fun Festival, dusk, in Corbett. It’s $7, kids 3 and under are free.

On the coast, Fourth of July fireworks displays in Port Orford, Gardiner, Florence, Lincoln City, Newport, Depoe Bay, Rockaway Beach, Seaside, Astoria and Coos Bay kick off at dusk.

Making a splash this summer

How to cool off in Keizer & Salem

Parks and pools in both Salem and Keizer offer plenty of ways to cool off this summer.

Salem have five splash fountains in its parks, and Keizer has one behind the civic center on Chemawa Road NE.

In Salem, fountains at River Road Park and Riverfront are open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily, while Fairmount, Northgate and Wes Bennett parks are operating noon – 8 p.m. Englewood Park opens June 30 and will operate noon – 8 p.m. All are open every day.

If you wanna splash around in Keizer, first check the forecasted temperature: If it’s 75 degrees or up, come on in!

The fountain will be open 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, then July 4th weekend, then every Wednesday-Sunday through Labor Day weekend. Updated information will be posted at

For a more immersive experience hit up two public swimming pools in the area:  The Salem Kroc Center (503-566-5762) at 1865 Bill Frey Drive NE, and the Olinger Pool (503-588-6332) at 1310 A Street NE.

Rates at the Kroc Center are $5 for a day pass. Starting July 1 that goes up to $7 for those aged 18-61, kids and those 62 and up remain at $5.

Summer hours are Monday-Thursday noon-6 p.m.,  reopening at 7 p.m. and going until 9 p.m. Fridays the pool is open noon – 9 p.m., Saturdays hours are 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sundays are 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

At Olinger Pool, rates are $2 for youth 2-12, $4 for teens 13-18, $5 for adults 19-64, $4 for seniors and $13 for a family pass. Visit, roll over the Salem Family YMCA link and click Programs, then Aquatics for current hours.

The wave pool at Evergreen Wings & Waves waterpark was hopping on its debut weekend. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

Evergreen Wings & Waves splashes down in the Valley

Evergreen Aviation added a new building to their growing Evergreen Aviation Museum: Evergreen Wings & Waves water park in McMinnville.

The park has lots of cool features, including a wave pool and four water slides. Each of the color-coded slides begin in a hollowed out airplane nestled on the roof of the building. Once patrons make it up the stairs and through the lines, they can dash down on a free single or double inner tube (for the Sonic Boom, Nosedive, or Tailspin) and arrive at the bottom in a sort of “landing zone.” Another slide, the Mach 1, requires only your body and completes the ride by dumping you in a pool.

Televisions around the park allow less brave patrons to watch others as they speed down the slides.  There are also smaller kid slides and play areas, as well as a “vortex pool” and swimming pool.

The park has two predictable drawbacks: the cost and the crowds. Admission is $25 for those patrons under 42 inches tall, and $30 for those taller than 42 inches (the height requirement for the slides). Children under 3 are free. There is plenty of parking, but be prepared to spend some time in line if you want to ride the slides.