Redmond’s Baker Park came from behind to win money for a new all-abilities play structure from the Portland Trail Blazers and Moda Health.
Redmond was ahead of Roger Jordan Park in Dallas by just under 1,000 online votes going into the final count and held on to win the prize, estimated at $20,000, said Karis Stoudamire Phillips, Moda’s corporate social responsibility manager. The Trail Blazers, who happened to become the National Basketball Association’s hottest team during the monthlong contest, going on a 13-game winning streak, and Moda will contribute $10 for each assist in the 2017-18 regular season toward a new playground.
“What a fantastic Moda Assist Program competition this year!” Stoudamire Phillips said in an email. “Thank you to your city for your enthusiastic, spirited, motivated participation!”
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Blazers had 1,359 assists on the season.
A check will be presented to Redmond at halftime of the Trail Blazers April 1 game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Stoudamire-Phillips said. Moda will then work with the city to create a timeline for work on the park.
The contest became heated with both Dallas and Redmond seeing sudden jumps of more than 10,000 votes. But tens of thousands of votes were removed from the contest last week after duplicate votes from the same people on the same day were removed.
Dallas had a 1,400-vote lead as of March 13, but Redmond was able to, ultimately pull ahead of the city west of Salem.
Final vote totals weren’t available as of the Spokesman’s print deadline, but Redmond had 33,788 votes going into the final count, compared to 32,827 for Dallas. Davis Park in Gresham remained in a distant third with 1,746 votes.
Both Redmond and Dallas outdid the 2017 winner, Sunset Park in Hermiston, which had around 19,000 votes.
This marks the fifth year of the Moda Assist parks contest and fourth with an online vote. The Portland metro area has only one once.
The Trail Blazers and Moda are expected to take part in a ribbon cutting once the 42-year-old Baker Park playground is replaced.