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Volunteers to assemble West Twin Park shelter next weekend

- Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship Larry Flaws, right, director of recreation and public grounds, gives parks and recreation commission members a tour of the West Twin Park shelter site Thursday night. Also pictured are Ann Kness, Allison Appel and Chris Kehoe.

The walls of the new West Twin Park shelter house will soon be going up, according to Larry Flaws, director of recreation and public grounds.

He told members of the Parks and Recreation Commission Thursday night that volunteers, under the direction of Mayor John Hawkins, will begin assembling the cedar shelter kit the weekend of June 26.

The foundation for the new shelter was recently completed by Habhab Construction. Once the shelter is assembled, the contractor will return to install plumbing fixtures, Flaws told the commission.

The shelter will feature a covered picnic area, a concessions/serving area and restrooms.

Flaws also told the commission that the city had received an $11,000 grant from the Teresa Treat Stearns Trust to be used for Phase II of the East Twin Park Revitalization project. The grant, along with $10,000 in donations, will be used to create a yoga pad/pickleball court and to renovate the block shelter and restrooms. Flaws said the project has been approved by the city council.

The commission also heard a report on the basketball court at Wehrheim Park. Flaws said the asphalt has been poured for the court and the ground surrounding has been leveled. Basketball hoops are scheduled to be installed next week.

The Webster City Outdoor Pool opened June 5 and Flaws reported that the average attendance has been over 200 people each day. There are 38 lifeguards on staff this year.

In other projects, Flaws said the Brewer Creek Park shelter is nearly complete. The shelter has been raised and the concrete has been poured around the structure to correct a water issue.. He said the contractor expects to be finished in the next two to three weeks.

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