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P&R Board looks at alternative plan for pool at Thoreson Park

Feasibility of acquiring ELC’s FFA plot considered

May 18, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

The Estherville Parks and Recreation Board received new information on a plan for a plan for the proposed swimming pool at Thoreson Park on Monday.

Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton showed what could happen if the city acquired the FFA land that is owned by the Estherville Lincoln Central School District. The land is located just north of the Sanborn Shelter at Thoreson Park.

Clayton said one advantage over the previous proposed Thoreson location is the water and sewer lines are directly in front of the lot.

The plot also includes ground north of ball fields 3 and 4, which would provide green space.

"The downside is a further delay of the project while determining feasibility," said Clayton.

The proposal first has to go to the Estherville FFA Advisory Board, which oversees the land, and then to the ELC School Board.

Clayton said the project would save money on infrastructure costs.

The plan for increased parking would also provide for around 135 parking spaces.

Parks and Recreation Board members received graphic of the proposal imposed the swimming pool project. Clayton said that the graphic was only for a reference until the board knows whether it's feasible.

In other business Monday, the board approved the use of Thoreson Field 2 for a slow-pitch co-ed softball tournament during Sweet Corn Days. Event organizer Matthew Sterling said he looks to have eight teams with half of the entry fee going to the Estherville Little League Association and the other half to the tournament winner.

The board approved a request from the Estherville Library to use the Library Square for an "Observe the Moon" program May 21-23 and June 19-21, an ice cream program from 2:30-4:30 on June 12 and a Grossology program from 2:30-4:30 on June 19. The latter two events are part of the library's summer reading program.

The board approved a request from the Estherville Chamber of Commerce to use Library Square for the Downtown Market, which starts Thursday June 7. The Market will be held Thursdays through Sept. 27. It will be open Saturday mornings starting July 7 through Oct. 13.



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