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Proposal centers on bocce courts

By Staff | Jul 15, 2008

The City of Estherville Parks and Recreation received a proposal Monday supporting the addition of bocce courts at Thoreson Park.

Paul Moffit, member of the P&R Special Olympics support group, proposed building the courts on the west side of the shelter house.

“The Thorseon site is a natural place for the courts,” Dave Spurgin, P&R director, said. The courts would not intrude on anyone using the shelter house. “It would be a great addition to the park,” added Spurgin.

Moffit stated that he had a contractor willing to build the courts free-of-charge. There would be two courts covered in astroturf, with enough space between them for a lawnmower. The motion was carried.

Spurgin presented two samples of materials that could be used on the South 15th Street trail: quarry run and one-third inch minus limestone.

Board member Gary Phillips recommended the limestone because it will harden with rain.

A motion was carried to get bids from contractors on the limestone. The bids will be reviewed at the next meeting.

The board signed agreement papers to continue sharing the use of facilities with the school. Estherville Lincoln Central schools offers the use of their track and field, auditorium and gym, and parks and rec allows the school to use its pool, tennis courts and Thoreson park ball fields.

The board also discussed the poor condition of the Mickelon Park tennis courts. Because of the sharing agreement between the city and school, it was decided that the school needs to be involved in the decision making. The city has no need for more than the four courts at the new location, yet the school needs more for its boys’ and girls’ tennis teams. Spurgin will approach the school in forming a partnership to decide what to do with the courts.

The board is interested in obtaining the four vacant lots at the former Lincoln school site for free. These lots total almost three-quarters of an acre. They would be used for a neighborhood park.

In other business, the board is ordering no smoking signs to be placed on shelter houses and restrooms. Smoking is not allowed in an open shelter house.