Umatilla cuts the ribbon on Kiwanis Park

Umatilla mayor Mary Dedrick, center, cuts the ribbon on a new playground at Kiwanis Park in McNary on Friday afternoon.

Children growing up in McNary will have a better place to play after the city of Umatilla cut the ribbon on a new playground at Kiwanis Park on Friday.

“Parks have the power to let the good times roll, or slide, or swing, or bounce or whatever people want to do here,” city manager David Stockdale said.

The playground was built thanks to an $18,000 grant from the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation. The Hermiston Kiwanis Club and city of Umatilla also contributed money toward adding a second basketball court to the park and adding lights to both courts.

Stockdale announced that the city just received word they will be receiving a $75,000 grant from the Oregon State Parks and Recreation to add bathrooms next spring.

He said studies have shown a variety of good outcomes for children who live within a mile of a park, including the fact that they are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, stay out of trouble, get good grades and learn how to appropriately assess risk.

Bob Green of GSCHF and David McCarthy of Kiwanis told the crowd assembled at the park on Friday that they were pleased their organizations could assist in making it a better place to play, and promoting wellness in the community.

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