60-acre park in Meridian set to open in three weeks

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60-acre park in Meridian set to open in three weeks

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by Jacqueline Quynh

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 4:11 PM

MERIDIAN -- After years of talking about it, a new huge park will open in Meridian next month.

The Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park is being built near the busiest intersection in the state, Eagle Road and Fairview Avenue.

Mayor Tammy de Weerd says this 60-acre park will be unlike any of the city's other parks.  The Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park opens on June 9, and officials tell us there's a lot to be excited about.

For years the site sat as empty farm land.  Eugene Kleiner, who owned the land, decided to change that.  He inherited the land from his father and wanted to make the land a memorial park to his dad, rather than sell it.  He formed a trustee board to oversee the park project and over the last five years they've worked together to bring Kleiner's dream to reality. 

The new park has three miles of walking trails, an arboretum, and open spaces for picnics and grilling.  It also has a senior center.

Steve Siddoway with Meridian Parks and Recreation says the park's amphitheater will have seating for 2,000 people, and in the summer they'll turn on the water at the splash pad for people to cool off.

The mayor says the new park is the now the biggest in Meridian and creates an urban oasis in a very busy part of town. 

"This is a passive park, we don't have the ball field and the soccer fields, this is a place truly that is meant to create family memories to reflect on the important things and to slow down and enjoy life," said Mayor Tammy de Weerd.

The Meridian Parks and Recreation Commission tells us the park is not fully completed at this time, and asks people to wait until June 9th when the park will be open to visitors.  The senior center is expected to open May 25th.

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