Helping build communities–Albany’s Kinder Park (2010)
At Oregon State Parks, we’re always looking for new reasons and places to Go Play!
This week we’re excited to introduce you to a new fun spot in Albany. Oregonians, meet Kinder Park. City of Albany officials dedicated the first park in central Albany on June 22.
In 2007, Albany received a $480,000 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for Kinder Park. The grant covered lighted baseball and soccer fields, a playground, picnic facilities, parking, paths, landscaping and an open lawn. Land for the park was donated by the Boys and Girls Club of Albany.
This park was a priority in Albany’s 2006-2010 Parks and Recreation Master Plan. And in true community spirit, nearly 1,000 Albany residents weighed in with their thoughts on the future of the city’s parks and open spaces. Kinder will mainly serve the more than 15,000 residents that live within a one-mile radius of the park.
City officials are excited about the new ball fields and what they mean for the city. More than 3,000 Albany kids are involved with soccer, football and baseball. The city is sorely in need of more fields. Kinder Park takes a step toward solving this problem, and officials hope more kids will play as a result.
Oregon State Parks awards thousands of dollars each year to local communities through our Local Government Grant program. This program, funded through Lottery dollars, helps these communities acquire land, build a park or rehab an existing park. Not to brag, but some really great things are happening across the state as a result of these grants. Stay tuned – it’s more likely than not that one of these will be in your community!