City of Hermiston starts on plans to rebuild Funland Park after fire
HERMISTON, Ore. — The City of Hermiston is starting on plans to rebuild Funland Park after last week’s fire.
Crews were called out to the fire around 2:45 a.m. on Friday morning. They were able to save most of it, but about a third of it was severly damaged. This was the second time the park was destroyed by a fire, the first being in 2001.
Larry Fetter with the city’s parks and recreation department said they are looking to tear the rest of the park down and start from scratch. Fetter said this time, they will also look into building it from fireproof and more durable materials.
“We want to make it bigger, better, stronger,” Fetter said. “This is too heartbreaking. We want to make sure something like this never happens again.”
Fetter said the process to rebuild the park will be fairly long, and does not expect construction to start until next spring. He also said the community support has been amazing, and hundreds of people have already asked how they can help rebuild the park like they did nearly 20 years ago.
“It’s amazing to see the community pull together when faced with adversity,” Fetter said.
There is still an ongoing investigation into what sparked the fire. So far, there has been no determination about the cause.
If you’re interested in donating to help rebuild Funland Park, you can visit the City of Hermiston’s website here.