Funland demolition

Crews work on demolishing the remaining pieces of Funland on Tuesday.

Families and businesses whose names were featured on the fence around Funland playground in Hermiston will be able to collect those fence pickets in September.

The approximately 900 engraved slats were taken down and stacked onto pallets by volunteers before demolition of the burned playground began last week. They will be available for pick-up at the Hermiston Community Center, 415 S. Highway 395, on Sept. 20-22 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. If anyone is not able to come in during those dates, they can contact Larry Fetter at lfetter@hermiston.or.us or 541-667-5009 after Sept. 22 to make an appointment.

The city plans to rebuild Funland in early 2020, but the parks and recreation department determined that the wooden pickets from the playground that burned down earlier this year were too deteriorated to reuse. New opportunities for sponsorship of fence pickets, plaques and other items will be announced in the coming months.

Fetter said the city has received seven proposals from playground design teams from across the country to rebuild Funland playground at Butte Park. The Funland Rebuild Committee will select a design firm on Thursday after interviewing each of the teams.

“I am impressed with the quality of the proposals and the local support to rebuild, so it is encouraging to get moving on this project,” he said.

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