Astoria Parks and Recreation is competing with two other Oregon communities to win funds for a brand-new, accessible and inclusive playground through the Moda Assist Program. If Astoria wins, the department will bring a playground to Violet LaPlante Park.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Portland Trail Blazers’ success at creating dozens of assists each game will fund a positive outcome for a deserving Oregon community thanks to a partnership investment with Moda Health. The Moda Assist Program commits $20 per assist – double last season’s amount from the two partners – to install an all-abilities playground at the end of the season. In 2019 the prize package was nearly $20,000.
To win, Astoria must get the highest number of votes. Vote online at nba.com/blazers/assist. Cast a vote every day until April 3.
About Violet LaPlante Park:
Named for Violet LaPlante, an Alderbrook neighborhood resident who helped to establish the park in the 1970s, LaPlante Park serves as a cherished natural and playground area for many Astorians. Conveniently located near Astoria Riverwalk Trail, the park and playground equipment has received a lot of use over the last twenty years. Unfortunately, the existing play infrastructure is very out of date and in need of replacement. We envision installing a natural-themed climbing and play system to complement the park’s pastoral character while offering multi-modal access that provides inclusive and accessible ways for children to enjoy the site better.