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City of Hermiston in the running for $20,000 contest for an all abilities playground

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HERMISTON, OR - The City of Hermiston is in the running for a contest that could bring improvements to a local park. 

The Portland Trail Blazers are partially funding the contest. On the voting website the team writes, "We teamed up with Moda to create the Moda Assist Program supporting healthy, active living for kids. For every assist made on the court during the regular season, the Trail Blazers and Moda donated $10 to the Trail Blazers Foundation to support building an all abilities playground in the greater Oregon community". 

Hermiston is one of three cities in the area, along with Portland and Tillamook. The community needs your help with votes to keep the lead and bring these improvements to a local park. 

Larry Fetter is with the City of Hermiston Parks and Recreation and he told us today, "it has to be completely ADA accessible, so if you have any mobility challenges you're able to get to the play structure and you're able to get to it like anyone else". 

Renovations to the area started about a year ago and without this contest they only have five thousand dollars allocated to the project. That amount will only cover, " that just gets us the border, fall protection and not the playground" according to Fetter. 

The voting closes on March 20. To help vote for Hermiston click here