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Spurgin Park dedication held

October 18, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

With rain falling steadily Monday evening, the Estherville Parks and Recreation Board elected to wait a day to hold the ribbon cutting and dedication on David Spurgin Park until Tuesday.

But the day still came and several members turned out for the dedication.

The decision came prior to Monday's Parks and Recreation meeting, which was to start with the dedication at the Park located on Seventh Avenue South.

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Estherville Parks and Recreation Board members and other city officials helped dedicate David Spurgin Park on Tuesday. From left to right are Marie Park, Bruce Bruns, Mayor Kenny Billings, city administrator Penny Clayton, Laurel Hash, Ron Leffel, Wayne King, Jeff Swalve, Bob Jensen, Jill Spurgin, David Spurgin, Doug Burton, Gary Phillips and Andy Spurgin.
Photo by David Swartz

In a matter concerning the walking trail, the board agreed to let Ann Vedder donate a Memorial Bench in honor of her parents on the northwest corner of the walking trail.

Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton also updated the board on the Trinity Park Neighborhood meeting held last month. Clayton said the meeting was well attended. Many of the attendees gave positive comments to the plan of installing new playground equipment at the park. Surrounding residents voted on a red, white and blue color scheme for the equipment. The equipment has been ordered and Clayton said the installation is planned for Nov. 1, 2.

Crews may begin tearing out some of the old stuff and preparing the park for the new equipment this week and next week.

Plans for sandblasting and repainting the swing set will likely have to wait until spring, Clayton reported.

In another update, Clayton said the concrete pad has been installed at Lincoln Park. Plans are to build a small shelter with restrooms.

Clayton said the design is similar to the Sanborn Shelter in Thoreson Park without the kitchen. The restrooms will have one stall each with a diaper-changing unit. The doors will be on time locks.

The board does not plan to meet in November, but will begin planning a budget for 2014-15 fiscal year at its Dec. 9 meeting.



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