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P&R board looks at campground proposal

September 14, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

The Estherville Parks and Recreation Board reviewed several proposals at its meeting on Monday.

The first on the docket was a campground next to the river just off South First Street.

Board member Gary Phillips, who is also an environmental studies professor at Iowa Lakes Community College, had his students develop a plan for the area just south of the city's snow dump area.

The area is approximately 300-by-300 feet. Phillips instructed his students to plan for large campsite spots.

The board seemed agreeable to pursuing idea.

Phillips said the first thing to do is clear some Chinese elms out of the center of the area. He said the prep work for the area could be done "in-house" by city workers.

Phillips said the one thing the study helped determine is that it is a viable plan.

Trinity Park

In other business, the board received proposals for new playground equipment at Trinity Park. City administrator gave potential contractors a budget of $20,000 and asked each to submit plans that would come in at that amount.

Boland Recreation submitted four options, but board members gave their consensus to an option submitted by Play & Park. A sixth option submitted by Fry and Associates did not meet the budget limitation.

An open house for Trinity Park neighbors will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the council chambers in city hall. Officials will provide a drawing of the new equipment, an explanation of what will be removed and what will happen with the existing equipment.

The swings will remain in the park, but will be sandblasted and repainted. The other old equipment, including the slide, will be removed.

Thoreson Park Trail

Clayton presented a plan to the board to build a trail around Thoreson Park in five stages. The Parks and Recreation Board had budgeted for the study to be done this year. The estimated total for the full trail-seven-tenths of a mile-is $152,000. The study will help the board when budget planning time comes around.

Lincoln Park Shelter

The board received one bid of $5,800 from Tug Helmers Construction for the concrete work needed for the new shelter at Lincoln Park. The goal is to complete that work before winter.



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