Meridian’s new Keith Bird Legacy Park recently opened at 3737 W. Lost Rapids Way, off Ten Mile Road between McMillan Road and Chinden Boulevard.

The park is named after longtime Meridian City Councilman Keith Bird, who is retiring this year after 20 years on the council. Bird was instrumental in bringing youth athletic programs to Meridian over the years, according to Mayor Tammy de Weerd.

The 7.5-acre community park is in the Bainbridge Subdivision. The developer, Brighton Corporation, donated the land and a portion of construction. The city budgeted $1.7 million for the project.

The park has an outdoor gym, concrete walking path, playground, public art, open play area, picnic shelter and restrooms.

Bird and his wife, Marjorie, have lived in Meridian since 1965. They have three children and 10 grandchildren.

Other community parks opening in Meridian are:

n Reta Huskey Park (8.9 acres, $1.5 million), at 2887 W. Tubac Drive, off North Ten Mile Road between Ustick and McMillan roads;

n Hillsdale Park (10 acres, $1.6 million), next to Hillsdale Elementary at 5225 S. Stockenham Ave., near the corner of Eagle and Amity roads.

With the addition of these three neighborhood parks, Meridian has 22 parks that cover 281 acres. The city is also working on a 77-acre regional park in south Meridian that will open in phases.

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