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    REGION
Saturday, June 15, 2019
East Oregonian
A3
Greenwood Park gets new life
Hermiston
neighborhood
park has grand
reopening
By JADE MCDOWELL
East Oregonian
HERMISTON — Before
North Park became Green-
wood Park, few people in
Hermiston knew it existed.
“I didn’t even know about
it until a friend said, ‘North
Park needs some help,’ and
I was like, ‘Where’s North
Park?’” mayor David Drotz-
mann said.
The half-acre park in an
out-of-the-way neighborhood
on Beech Avenue had a grand
reopening Thursday after the
city worked with neighbors
and service clubs to transform
it. What was once a small,
run-down half basketball
court next to a metal merry-
go-round and swing set is now
a collection of brand new play-
ground equipment, benches
and shelter surrounded by
landscaping, decorative fenc-
ing and a stone wall.
“This was a park that
needed a little care, needed
a little love and care, and I’m
proud of the community for
stepping up,” Drotzmann
said.
The park was renamed
Greenwood Park after Green-
wood Luster, a pastor who
spearheaded creation of the
original park decades ago. His
granddaughter Jackie Linton,
who lives in Greenwood’s
former house across from
the park, was a driving force
behind the renovation.
She said she was sure her
grandfather, who died in 2010
at the age of 87, would have
been moved to tears to know
the park had been restored
and renamed after him.
“He was just crazy about
Hermiston,” she said.
Greenwood was a Bap-
tist deacon and later became
pastor of the Church of God.
He worked for Union Pacifi c
and Sanitary Disposal, where
Linton said he was the type
of person to go up and get the
trash from elderly customers
who forgot to put it out on the
curb.
He worked with the Herm-
iston Jaycees to get a small
park built in his neighbor-
hood in the 1970s, but over the
decades it fell into disrepair.
Linton and other neigh-
bors worked with the city
to redesign the park and get
donations from the Lions and
Kiwanis clubs. Parks and rec-
reation director Larry Fetter
said the park was “a very tired
and worn down park” before.
“There were a lot of dis-
cussions,” he said. “In the
end I think what we have is a
really child-centered and fam-
ily-centered facility.”
He said the parks staff
did a great job of getting the
park ready in time, despite
also dealing with one Herm-
iston park damaged by fl ood-
ing and another playground
destroyed by fi re within a few
weeks of each other.
He said Linton, who lives
2019 summer meal programs in Umatilla County
By JESSICA POLLARD
East Oregonian
UMATILLA COUNTY
— For children in Umatilla
County who aren’t sure where
their next meal will come
from, free lunch programs
can help fi ll in the gap.
At the end of 2018, child
poverty in Umatilla County
was down to 19.1% from
26.3% in 2017, according to
data released by Children First
for Oregon. But with the num-
ber of students with free and
reduced lunch eligibility still
hovering above 60%, Uma-
tilla County is home to over a
dozen different summertime
feeding sites this year.
City of Hermiston Rec-
reation Coordinator Diana
Picard says this summer will
be the eleventh year of their
summer feeding program,
which has fi ve locations
including the Hermiston Fam-
ily Aquatic Center.
Originally, free meals
were only provided for chil-
dren participating in summer
camps with the city.
“We ventured out and
started doing different parks,”
Picard said, “We saw the
need. A lot of kids rely on
school lunches.”
The fi rst year of the pro-
gram, the city served 2,500
meals. But just last year, they
served 9,400.
“We fi ll a gap,” Picard said.
The summer lunch pro-
gram at Umatilla Morrow
County Head Start will fea-
ture a range of lunchtime
activities for participants.
Previous years featured rock
painting, water balloons, vis-
its from the mayor and fi re
department, and even the
occasional dunk tank.
Toni Eddy, the children’s
nutrition manager at UMCHS,
said the activities help stim-
ulate children and aid learn-
ing retainment to keep minds
sharp during the long summer
break.
Students and children
under 18 can expect meals
with fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles on the daily during the
program, Eddy said. Limited
kitchen availability means
that the lunches this year will
be cold meals like wraps and
sandwiches.
Eddy said that UMCHS’s
program serves around 45
or 50 kids a day and that last
year, sometimes as many as
90 came to participate in the
summer lunch program.
She noted with positivity
that recent increases in sum-
mertime activities for children
around the area sometimes
means summer lunch ‘regu-
lars’ aren’t as frequent.
UMCHS believes it is
essential that children who
could possibly be going with-
out have access to healthy
meals, Eddy said. She hopes
families will encourage each
other to attend.
I just really encourage
families to come. We look
forward to having the kids
come,” Eddy said.
Umatilla School District
recently purchased a van
which will help expand their
summer feeding programs.
Child Nutrition Director Rik-
kilynn Starliper said that a
grant enabled the district to
add new fl oors and a service
window to the vehicle.
USD’s summer feeding
program will feature a range
of activities. In previous years,
the school district organized
events ranging from arts and
crafts to dental screenings.
Starliper is excited that the
district will be offering four
different kinds of local tama-
les during the program this
summer, as it’s something
she’s been interested in pro-
viding kids for years.
The USD summer feeding
program will also be offering
dinner for the fi rst time in a
few years at McNary Elemen-
tary School.
“I feel that everybody
struggles fi nancially to some
degree,” Starliper said, “It’s
a benefi t to help save a few
dollars.”
All meals listed are free for
any child under 18, regardless
of income level. Most meals
operate on a fi rst come, fi rst
served basis and must be con-
sumed on-site.
Summer Food Oregon also
provides information about
summer feeding programs.
Parents and families can text
“Food” or “Comida” to 877-
877 or call 211. A map of feed-
ing sites is available at sum-
merfoodoregon.org/map.
AVAILABLE
LUNCHES
Free lunches for children
are available during the
summer months at the
following locations:
HERMISTON
Hermiston High School
600 S. First Street, Hermis-
ton
June 17-28, 2019
Monday-Friday
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Armand Larive Middle
School
1497 S.W. Ninth Street,
Hermiston
June 17-28, 2019
Monday-Friday
8:00 to 9 a.m.
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Sunset Elementary
300 E. Catherine Avenue,
Hermiston
Monday-Friday
June 18-July 13, 2019
7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
West Park Elementary
555 S.W. Seventh Street,
Hermiston
Monday-Friday
July 8-August 1, 2019
7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Highland Hills Elementary
450 S.E .Tenth Street, Herm-
iston
Monday-Friday
July 1-August 31, 2019
7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Umatilla-Morrow Head
Start
110 N.E. Fourth Street,
Hermiston
June 17-August 9, 2019
Monday-Friday
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
*Parent volunteers eat free
*Activities off ered
Hermiston Family Aquatic
Center (Excluding July
4th)
879 W. Elm Avenue, Herm-
iston
June 24-August 2, 2019
Monday-Friday
12:25 to 12:45 p.m.
Butte Park (Excluding July
4th)
1245 N.W. Seventh Street,
Hermiston
June 24-August 2, 2019
Monday-Friday
12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Sunset Park (Excluding
July 4th)
1100 N.E. Fourth Street,
Hermiston
June 24-August 2, 2019
Monday-Friday
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Victory Square (Excluding
July 4th)
150 S.W. 10th Street, Herm-
iston
June 24-August 2, 2019
Monday-Friday
12:30 to 1:00 p.m.
PENDLETON
Pendleton Early Learning
Center
455 S.W. 13th Street, Pend-
leton
June 10-August 16, 2019
9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Washington Elementary
1205 S.E. Byers Avenue,
Pendleton
June 10-July 3, 2019
8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
STANFIELD
Stanfi eld Public Library
(excluding July 4th)
180 W. Coe Avenue, Stan-
fi eld
June 10-July 26, 2019
12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
*11:30 activity
UMATILLA
June 24-August 16, 2019
(excluding July 4)
All meals are free for kids
under 18
$1 for breakfast for adults,
$2 for Lunch and Dinner
Umatilla High School
(closed august 14-15)
1400 Seventh Street Uma-
tilla
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
11:30 to 12:30 a.m.
McNary Heights Elemen-
tary
120 Columbia Avenue,
Umatilla,
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Triangle Park
approx. 260 Sage Street,
Umatilla
10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Marina Park
First Street, Umatilla
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Kiwanis Park
Next to McNary Market,
Umatilla
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
LOCAL BRIEFING
Inmate passes
away at TRCI
UMATILLA
—
A
72-year-old inmate died
Wednesday morning at the
Two Rivers Correctional
Institution in Umatilla,
according to a release from
the Oregon Department of
Corrections.
Lloyd Roberts of Wasco
C ou nt y
entered
DOC cus-
tody in Octo-
ber
2018
Roberts
with an ear-
liest release
date of Oct. 26, 2024.
Roberts passed away in
the TRCI infi rmary, accord-
ing to the release, and the
next of kin has been notifi ed.
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Staff photo by Jade McDowell
Children play on the new merry-go-round at Greenwood
Park during a celebration of the park’s complete renovation.
next to the park, had his cell-
phone number and was a great
built-in guardian and security
system for Greenwood Park.
Linton said her grand-
son had been asking her for
months when the new play-
ground would be ready and
was thrilled when she told
him Thursday was the day.
He and a dozen other children
wasted no time testing out the
new equipment, particularly
the new merry-go-round that
neighbors had insisted needed
to be part of the design.
“They’re so excited today,”
Linton said.
Crash blocks Highway 207
Staff photo by Jade McDowell
An Eastern Oregon Mobile Slaughter truck pulling a trailer
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