The Central Oregon Council on Aging received a $2,500 grant from the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, which will ensure the delivery of meals to vulnerable Central Oregon seniors. Each year, the Central Oregon Council on Aging serves more than 650 seniors approximately 75,000 meals. Roger H. Baumgart, executive director of the foundation said, "We are pleased to provide grant funding to the organization for making a positive difference in the safety, well-being and independence of seniors." The foundation awarded grant funding to 12 organizations in fall 2015.
Redmond got a new park last week, and it's the largest accessible play area in Oregon. The Hope Playground at Sam Johnson Park in Redmond opened on Thursday, Oct. 15. Members from the City of Redmond, Friends of Sam Johnson Park, and the Kiwanis Club of Redmond cut the ribbon during the celebration of its opening. A group of Redmond moms came up with the idea for the playground and after planning and fundraising for three years. Hundreds of volunteers helped and over $750,000 in donations were received for the project. "This is a much-needed amenity in our community that will serve everyone who lives here and those who visit—people of all ages and abilities," said Redmond Kiwanis Club Member Gary Ollerenshaw. The park includes a custom climbing wall and a dual zip line, and the playground can accommodate 450 people.
The dilapidated shack, once a garage, on the corner of NW Georgia Avenue and NW Bond Street was recently demolished. The unstable structure was a hazard, an eyesore, and home to a string of break-ins by people squatting on the property. As reported by the Source in August, the new owners of the property have plans to build a home.
The Cascades East Transit Regional Public Transit Advisory Committee will meet to discuss concepts for a Regional Transit Expansion and the Bend Transit Expansion. The public is encouraged to attend and comments are welcome during the meeting. The meeting will be held at the Redmond Public Library from 11:15 am to 1:15 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 27; 827 Southwest Deschutes Ave., Redmond.