Speech to Text for Klamath Falls has a brand new park
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lifted. two line: leah thompson klamath falls leah says, "i'm on the corner of 11th street and main street in klamath falls. i am right next to the brand new park. it's called klamath commons. you can see the splash pad, also the shaded area here a memorial parks bring a lot of value to a city. it increase property value around the park. it improves safety because it's a watched space and not just a vacant lot . and it can improve health by offering a place for people and families to run around. that's why katherine pope and her friend stephanie van dyke wanted this park. both of them use to work for sky lakes medical center. it was van dykes idea to bring the park to this exact spot. because it was right across the street from where they worked. sadly van dyke died in an accident in 2017. pope kept her friends vision of the park and pushed for the opening through the city. that's why sky lakes donated 700 thousand dollars for the park. it's a memorial for van dyke as well as a park for the city. two line: katherine pope helped create klamath commons 14 seconds it's humbling. stephanie was just a force of good. she did so much not just for this community but so many parts of the world. klamath falls paid 300 thousand dollars for the exterior of the park including the sidewalks. coming up tonight on newswatch 12 at 6. hear from families that attended the ribbon cutting this morning. in klamath falls leah thompson newswatch 12. the city of ashland is gearing up for the big 4th of july parade. what you need to know before