Keizertimes. (Salem, Or.) 1979-current, March 20, 2015, Image 15

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Nuttbrock proposes to spruce up what he built
Of the Keizertimes
Jerry Nuttbrock is quite fa-
miliar with the Keizer Rotary
Amphitheater at Keizer Rap-
ids Park.
After all, he helped build it
and he lives pretty close to it.
Now, Nuttbrock wants to
class it up.
“I’ve been looking for a
project to sink my teeth into
since doing the amphitheater,”
Nuttbrock said at the March
10 Keizer Parks and Recre-
ation Advisory Board meeting.
“I want to propose one, about
some ideas I’ve been having in
my head.”
Nuttbrock, who recently
cleared 198 trees in the or-
chards at KRP for the Big
Toy playground project (as
featured in the March 6 Keiz-
ertimes), showed Parks Board
members sketches of his plans.
“Let’s call it improvements
in amenities related to the am-
phitheater,” Nuttbrock said.
“Maybe you could call it a pa-
tio for the amphitheater. The
sketch I put together has fi ve
components. I think of them
as separate. They can be fund-
ed separately, even though
they go together. I want to
pitch each item. I’ve hung a
price on four of them.
“This would be done sub-
ject to getting volunteers,”
he added. “I’d be willing to
spearhead it like I did with the
amphitheater, to get a team of
volunteers which would drive
the costs down. This is sort
of a wish list. Think of it as a
mini-master plan around the
Nuttbrock’s proposed ame-
nities are a hardscape patio
(worth $12,000), a cantilevered
deck ($8,700), a fi replace/piz-
za oven/barbecue ($5,000), a
tree platform ($1,500) and a
new food concession building
which doesn’t have a dollar
amount attached yet.
The patio would be in the
area behind the current snack
shack and would be about
2,400 square feet in size. As
proposed, there would be two
planters along the front.
There would be a step
down from the patio to the
proposed cantilevered deck,
which would be approximate-
ly 900 square feet in size.
“I want it to look good
from the amphitheater,” Nutt-
brock said. “This deck would
kind of fl oat out there, at-
tached to the maple trees. You
could create an area with pic-
nic tables. That would afford a
great view to watch the am-
Nuttbrock said the tree
platform or “eagles nest”
would be a “treehouse with-
out the tree part.” It would
have seating for two or three
people, which he could see as
being raffl ed off for viewing of
amphitheater events.
“You have to be there to
appreciate the idea,” he said. “I
just thought it was a cool idea,
which would give us bragging
rights as far as amenities in the
The fi replace would sit on
the back of the patio, a free-
standing stone or brick unit
with a chimney.
“There’s a spot there for
a wood fi re pizza oven and
a place to drop in a barbe-
cue to add a little class to it,”
Nuttbrock said. “The fi replace
would be open on three sides.”
Nuttbrock explained the
basic premise behind his plans.
“The whole idea is to dress
the amphitheater up, to take
advantage of what we have
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going already,” he said. “I want
to add some class. What I see
in my mind is a nice wood
frame structure, a rustic look-
ing building that fi ts well in
the nature of the park that
would have some class. That’s
the whole point, to put more
polish in the amphitheater and
to make it more functional.
This is meant to compliment
the Charge house and what-
ever develops there.”
In regards to a question
from Parks Board member
Clint Holland, Nuttbrock said
cost fi gures were estimates.
“It depends on the design,”
he said. “I assume you would
want some input. The num-
bers would fl ex and would go
down with donated material
and labor.”
Holland estimated the new
additions could add seating for
about 75 to 100 more people.
Parks Board member Don-
na Bradley liked what she saw.
“I applaud your think-
ing,” Bradley told Nuttbrock.
“It would be a great amenity.
I could see this as a wedding
venue. I would encourage you
to get harder fi gures and to
let us know what kind of vol-
unteer group you can get to-
gether. We don’t have a lot of
money for the whole thing.”
When asked by Tanya
Hamilton about which item
would go fi rst, Nuttbrock said
the hardscape patio would
make the most sense.
Bill Lawyer, Public Works
director for Keizer, said the
park master plan incorpo-
rate the whole backyard area
of the Charge house, so that
shouldn’t be an issue.
There were a couple of
items, however, that were an
issue for Lawyer.
“The fi replace scares me,
especially with the open fi re,”
he said. “Maybe I need to just
get by my concern. As far as
the cantilevered deck, that
would need permits. The con-
cept is fi ne. There is a lot of
detail here. There’s not a lot of
process that has to happen.”
Hamilton and Parks Board
chair David Louden echoed
Bradley in wanting some
more details.
“We’re kind of excited
about the idea,” Scott Klug
said. “I need to go there to see
what you’re thinking, but it
sounds awesome.”
Nuttbrock noted he was
expecting the project to take
a while to complete.
“I had no misconceptions
that this thing would just pop
out of the ground this spring,”
he said. “I was thinking it
would take a while.”
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