McKay Park in Salem's North Lancaster Neighborhood is getting a new playground. To celebrate, the whole Salem community is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Ward 6 City Councilor Chris Hoy, Salem Parks Foundation President Carol Snyder, and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Chair, Kasia Quillinan will be present at the ceremony. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. McKay Park is located at 2755 Hollywood Drive NE, north of McKay High School. The new playground will be ready for kids to play on by early fall.
Salem Parks Foundation President said, "Salem Parks Foundation is excited and grateful! Thanks to the generosity of many, many donors we will soon have a wonderful new playground at McKay Park."
Originally built in 1980, the City has had to remove many pieces of the McKay playground over time due to aging. At a City Budget Committee Hearing in 2017, representatives from the Salem Parks Foundation asked the City for help building a new playground for McKay Park. The Foundation offered to raise the funds for new play equipment and installation if the City would pay for the site preparation, playground seating areas, replacement fall material, and new pathways. The Salem City Council agreed with the Foundation's proposal. By the end of 2018, donations from the community, private grants, and corporations raised the funds needed to purchase the play equipment. North Lancaster Neighborhood Association also supports this project and raised funds through the Salem Park Improvement Fund and the Salem Parks Foundation for pieces of the play equipment and a bicycle rack for the playground.
The total cost of play equipment and installation is $96,574.
The following is a list of major donors giving $500 or more:
Foundations: Oregon Community Foundation, Autzen Foundation, Salem Foundation, William S. Walton Charitable Trust, Walmart Foundation
Individuals and groups: Alan Alexander, Ken & Linda Bierly, Roberta Dolp, Robert Emanuel, Nikki Freepons, Don & Roth Roberts, Dan & Kathleen Saucy, Carol Snyder, Dan & Catherine Snyder, and descendants of Governor Douglas McKay.
Individual donations ranged from pennies in a donation jar at a soccer festival to a $10,000 check.