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Task force to reassess KLL Park management

The Keizer City Council unanimously approved the formation of a long range planning task force to examine management issues surrounding Keizer Little League Park.

The decision was made at the council meeting Aug. 20.

The role of the task force is to gather information on the history of the park and what’s been done to date, gain an understanding of the business of running the facility, and assemble representatives of current youth sports participants and the community to help determine how the park will be managed in the future.

The city owns Keizer Little League Park, but management and coordination of field usage and concessions is contracted out. Both of Keizer’s youth baseball/softball organizations have held the contract at some point, but both have run afoul of the agreements in the contract in recent years.

The eight-person task force that includes Mayor Cathy Clark, City Councilor Marlene Parsons, city council candidate Dan Kohler, James Hutches representing the Keizer Chamber of Commerce and two representatives each from Keizer Little League (KLL) and McNary Youth Baseball, the organization formerly known as Keizer Youth Sports Association (KYSA).

“Ultimately, the objective is framework for how the volunteer organizations that run and use the park can best be supported by the city and community for long term success. Success, in my mind, is the park is safe, consistently maintained, improved through a planned projects, and a welcoming place for people to play for years to come,” Clark said.

Clark did not have a set date when the task force meetings will begin, but it is expected to convene in the near future.