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Park assessment continues

By Staff | Apr 12, 2011

With the great weather Monday, kids put Lincoln Park to great use. Ryan McDonald hit pop flies while Giovanni Esteves waited for his turn. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

The Estherville Parks and Recreation Board continued its assessment of each park in complying with city council’s directive to come up with a plan for park improvement.

At its regular meeting Monday, the board reviewed Thoreson and Joe Hoye parks.

Thoreson is a 15.25-acre park with play equipment, picnic tables, a basketball court, ball fields, a shelterhouse and bocce courts.

“This is the centerpiece of our park system,” said Parks and Recreation Director Dave Spurgin.

Spurgin said the biggest concern about the park is not enough parking. When big events are held, there is a lot of overflow.

No solution was arrived at Monday, but board members discussed some options which will require more research.

At Joe Hoye Park, Spurgin noted both the disc golf course and the sledding hill receive heavy use.

Also it appears, a trail may go through the park in the future.

The city has been awarded a $250,000 grant for a trail that would connect Joe Hoye, North Riverside and Mickelson parks. But patience is required as the grant isn’t available until 2015.

In other business Monday, the Parks and Recreation Board approved a request for Relay for Life to use Library Square on Saturday, June 4.

The board also approved the use of Library Square for a downtown market between June and September on Thursday evenings. However a decision on a request for a semi-permanent sign for the market was tabled.

The board also approved the use of 20 picnic tables for Tony Condon and Woody’s Pizza for the business’ 50th anniversary celebration on July 23.

The Parks and Recreation Department will holds its Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 23.