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Community talks about rebuilding Imagination Station in Troutdale

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TROUTDALE, OR (KPTV) -

The city of Troutdale held a town hall meeting to talk about rebuilding the Imagination Station Saturday afternoon.

Mayor Doug Daoust said the play structure was built in August of 1994 within a span of five days.

Daoust adds, 2,000 people came to volunteer and build it from scratch and said it was the largest community event he’s ever seen.

“That’s what made it special that people came from all over,” Daoust said.

In April, fire investigators report part of Imagination Station was set on fire intentionally. Since then, many people in the community have offered to help rebuild it.

“That’s why the city is going to rebuild it,” Daoust said. “We had a public outcry.”

The Troutdale Parks and Recreation department said there is already a seven page spreadsheet of people who have offered their time to help.

Daoust said there have been a couple public town hall meetings to talk about the future and plans and to gather ideas from students from a nearby elementary school.

During the town hall meeting, Vanessa Hayden with Reynolds Little League said more lights at the park would be beneficial to the community. Parent, Lynette Boutelle said she would like to see the wood chips replaced with a more solid ground for children who are disabled.

Mayor Daoust said surveillance cameras at the park did capture the people of interest in the arson. However, he plans for the cameras would be improved to increase video quality.

The city of Troutdale said if it can have a decision finalized by mid-June, it can rebuild by mid-September.

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