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Karin Hoffman creates three-part painting for Fantasy Forest play structure

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KARIN HOFFMAN - Karin Hoffman was at Meinig Memorial Park with her children and noticed three empty spots on the side of the Fantasy Forest play structure. In mid June, Hoffman will fill those spots with a mountain scene. The Sandy Parks Board is constantly looking for new ideas to spruce up the city's public areas, but they weren't expecting local painter Karin Hoffman to just walk right in with an idea and eagerness to help.

In March, Hoffman approached Economic Development Manager Dave Snider with an idea for a triptych mural. She was at Meinig Memorial Park with her children one day and saw three empty spots on the side of the Fantasy Forest play structure.

"I happened to notice (the spots) and thought a mountain scene would look good there," Hoffman said. "I thought it would be a way to help the city of Sandy."

Hoffman has lived in Sandy since she was 14 and is now raising her two young children in her hometown. Her artwork is "like a rebellion against the gray.

"I'd like (the mural) to just be a representation of Sandy and give people a bright outlook when they see it," Hoffman noted.

City associate planner James Cramer said, "Her reaching out to us was great because we want the community to be involved."

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: KARIN HOFFMAN - The mountain scene Hoffman is creating will show Mount Hood in the middle with rhododendrons and pine trees flanking it and a trail running through all three panels to connect them. Cramer added that he sees the potential of the community making the parks more "theirs" by following Hoffman's example and getting more involved.

"I liked that she had a few different ideas," Cramer noted. "(Her mural depicts) if she was going to the park, what would she want to see."

The mountain scene Hoffman is creating will show Mount Hood in the middle with rhododendrons and pine trees flanking it and a trail running through all three panels to connect them.

"To do a lot of hiking you have to go through Sandy," Hoffman said.

Hoffman hopes to have her painting finished by mid June, and she is excited to get feedback from Sandyites big and small, including her own little ones.

"It's always nice when you can give back to your community," she noted. "I love Sandy. It's pretty fun. I'm excited to get it put up."

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