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P&R Board moves ahead with trail plan

By Staff | Apr 18, 2014

The Estherville Parks and Recreation Board moved forward with a plan to complete one port of the Thoreson Park Trail by the end of May.

Jeremy Anderson, general manger of Tri State paving Company of Estherville, submitted a proposal to create an asphalt trail around the Thoreson 2 ball field-from the parking area near the Good Samaritan Center to the Pavilion and from the Pavilion up to the Thoreson playground. The proposal called for laying the asphalt 4-inches deep and 10 feet wide.

At its regular meeting Monday, Estherville Parks and Recreation board members decided that a depth of 5 inches would be better.

With Tri State Paving donating time and equipment, the cost is $15,100.

The engineer’s estimated cost for using cement-instead of asphalt-was $39,100.

In other business, the board approved several requests from the Estherville Library to use the parks for various Summer Shape UP events. Among the requests was to use the Thoreson Park Shelterhouse from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, July 24 for the Summer Reading Program Finale.

The board approved a request from Livia Payne to put a bench at Lincoln Park in memory of her father George Payne.

Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton updated the board on current activities. The new park signs have arrived and will be put up soon. A grant was submitted to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and approved to update the Mickselson Park river access grant. However, the local project is the 13th on the list. Clayton said there is an 18-month time frame for completion.