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Vote online Feb. 20-March 20: trailblazers.com/assists to help put the Prineville project over the top

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Local residents can start casting their online votes for the Prineville playground project on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Online voting opens Wednesday, Feb. 20 for the Moda Assist Program, and a Prineville park is a finalist.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Portland Trail Blazers' success at creating dozens of assists each game will fund a community project in a partnership investment with Moda Health. The Moda Assist Program commits $20 per assist – double last season's amount from the two partners – to install an all-abilities playground at the end of the season.

Interactive fan engagement will again drive the selection of the recipient community, with voting beginning Feb. 20 and concluding March 20 exclusively online at trailblazers.com/assists.

Moda chose the Oregon communities and eligible parks that are finalists for the 2018-19 season from multiple nominations. Finalists, each with its own defined needs, are of comparable population size and economic base.

In Prineville, the community hopes to build a large-scale playground at Stryker Park that would be a place for kids and adults alike to play, imagine and learn. Park designs incorporate outdoor musical equipment, structures that represent local history, a geological discovery area, features that represent Central Oregon nature and wildlife, exercise areas, covered seating areas and many other components.

Prineville is going up against two other cities.

People may also vote for the Geiser Pollman Park in Baker City. The existing playground equipment at city parks is largely inaccessible for children with disabilities, including playground surfacing materials. Funds would be used to create accessible play space for children with disabilities.

Sunset Meadows Park in Independence is also in the running. The rural Willamette Valley community has dedicated land for a park within the newest neighborhoods but needs help to develop it. The developing deaf community has approached the city and expressed the benefit in having an all-access playground and park within the city.

Past recipients of the all-abilities playground equipment through the Moda Assist Program include Birnie Park in La Grande, Culley Park in Portland, Fichtner Mainwaring Park in Medford, Sunset Park in Hermiston, and Baker Park in Redmond.

So far, the program has generated nearly $100,000 in funds from the Trail Blazers and Moda to support the initiative over its multi-year history.

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Vote online Feb. 20-March 20: trailblazers.com/assists


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