Klamath Falls, Ore. – The ‘Klamath Commons’ park is now open in downtown Klamath Falls.
The Klamath Commons park at 11th and Main Street is now open for recreation.
Sky Lakes Medical Center provided the lion’s share of funding for the project.
Sky Lakes CEO Paul Stewart says he associates parks and green spaces with well-being. “They create less stress, they invite people to get up and physically move – and physical movement is associated with decreasing as many as 35 chronic diseases.”
The park was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Stephanie Van Dyke, who died in a tragic accident less than 3 years ago.
Her parents Jeff and Heidi Van Dyke were on hand for the dedication.
“We believe that Stephanie is here today with us in spirit.” Heidi Van Dyke told a crowd of over 200. “And knowing how much she hated being the center of attention, she is probably smiling and breathing a huge sigh of relief.”
The park represents an investment of about $700,000 by Sky Lakes.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.