Carlson Skate Park/Chalmers Jones

Address:
930 Chemawa Rd NE
Keizer, OR 97303
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Carlson Skate Park: In early 1995, while listening to yet another complaint from the business community regarding skateboarding and rollerblading on their property, Charlane Carlson decided there needed to be a place for the youth of this community to be safe and free of hassle and to enjoy their sport. In May 1995 she began efforts to generate support for a skate park in Keizer. The excitement and energy of the youth and their willingness to support Charlane in her pursuit led to the formation of the Keizer Skate Park Committee. After many years of research, phone calls, discussion of fundraising ideas and design suggestions from the kids, a formal presentation was made to the Keizer Parks Advisory Board and later to Council. With support from the City Council and a commitment of financial aid, the official groundbreaking ceremony took place in April 1998. The park was dedicated in July of 1999. The list of people, businesses and organizations that made the park possible is extensive and shown on a plaque in the park.
Chalmers Jones Park: 
The City bought the land and old school building (used as City Hall until 2009) in 1986. The park was renamed from City Hall Park to Chalmers Jones Park in 1996 to honor a long-time Keizer resident, known for ‘breaking racial barriers and his long time service in State Government. A native of Louisiana, Jones worked his way to the west coast as a radio announcer, washing cars in Portland, Oregon for $1.00, and as a skycap for United Airlines. It was during his stint as a skycap that he first met Governor Tom McCall. He would later become the first African-American in Oregon’s history to serve with Governor McCall on his executive staff. He later served thirteen years on the Oregon State Parole Board retiring as Chairman. Chalmers Jones passed away August 15, 1995.