Klamath Falls, OR – Jul 14, 2021 –Blue Zones Project ® – Healthy Klamath in partnership with the City of Klamath Falls, Klamath County Economic Development Association, and other local organizations are gaining momentum in fundraising efforts for the new ADA-accessible destination playground in Moore Park.

The schematic design for the playground was created based on input from local elementary school students. More than a playground, this project will be a community gathering space for people of all abilities to enjoy. A focus of this project is to create a destination playground that is accessible to all families, with rubber surfaces and play structures that are ADA-friendly. Artistic elements that showcase the culture and history of Klamath Basin will be incorporated into the design. With features such as a lava cave labyrinth, a Klamath Tule Hut, and an F-15 Jet, the custom designed, 18,000 square foot playground will replace the current play equipment located next to the tennis courts in Moore Park.

The Moore Park Playground Project continues to receive local equipment sponsorships and donations, with recent contributions from Sky Lakes Medical Center and Klamath Basin Behavioral Health (KBBH). Sky Lakes Medical Center’s $26,000 donation will be used to purchase several pieces of equipment, including a dual-track zipline which features a handicap accessible chair, a spider-web style trampoline, a rock wall modeled after Mt. McLoughlin, and a large twisty-tube slide. The generous $12,000 donation from KBBH will be used to sponsor the “Butte Rock Climber”, a climbable structure that is fashioned after rock formations common to the areas surrounding Klamath Falls.

“We are pleased to show our support for this community project. It is important for the overall health of our community that Klamath Falls is home to outdoor spaces that people of all abilities can enjoy together. This space will be a great asset to our community”, said Paul Stewart, President & CEO of Sky Lakes Medical Center. Sky Lakes Medical Center’s $26,000 equipment sponsorship is the largest contribution to the project to date.

“We are honored to receive these generous contributions from Sky Lakes Medical Center and Klamath Basin Behavioral Health. As we look forward, we’re excited to see the momentum growing for the Moore Park Playground Project, and how it will add to the community’s efforts to increase vibrancy, community-pride, and sense of connection”, said Merritt Driscoll, Executive Director for Blue Zones Project – Healthy Klamath.

“Our programs for children and adolescents emphasize a family-centered approach to behavioral health because we recognize that the most significant influences, interactions, relationships, and support systems lie within their unique family unit. The Moore Park Playground Project aligns with our focus on strong relationships by creating a space where children and families can share a positive experience together. We see this project as upstream prevention because it brings people together in a fun, healthy activity. We decided to sponsor the Butte Rock Climber to symbolize all of our families that are overcoming obstacles in life.” Said Stan Gilbert, CEO.

Local businesses and organizations can choose to sponsor equipment in the playground. Equipment pricing ranges from $1,000 – $12,000, and organizations will receive a plaque next to the piece acknowledging their contribution. Additionally, composite fence posts that can be engraved to commemorate family and personal donations are available for $100.

To get involved in the project, community members are invited to register to volunteer and donate at http://www.healthyklamath.org/playground, or follow the progress on http://www.facebook.com/MooreParkPlayground. Questions may be directed via email to bluezonesproject@healthyklamath.org.