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Park revitalization moves forward

Playground equipment ordered for East Twin Park

Playground and fitness equipment destined for East Twin Park should arrive in about 11 weeks, according officials with the City of Webster City.

The new equipment is part of a revitalization project at the park. A grant in the amount $96,928 from the Wellmark Foundation was received earlier this year to help with the cost of the park upgrades. A community match is required.. Lindsay Henderson said the match can be 50 percent in-kind and 50 percent cash. She said donations are rolling in from location groups and individuals who want to help with the park improvements.

She said she hoped the installation of the equipment could be handled by volunteers as a cost saving measure.

“We’ll definitely be looking for some volunteers to help with that process,” she said. “We know we have a few that are experienced in putting together equipment, like at Lions Park, so when we’re ready we’ll put out a call.”

Henderson said the project could use additional donations to meet the match, but even beyond that, contributions will be needed for the next phases of the project.

“Every dollar that comes in helps us keep going,” she said. “This is just phase 1 for East Twin Park. There will be more costs. Every dollar helps the city stretch the funds further and helps us get more done.”

Phase 2 will likely be a new shelter and Henderson said research into the possibility of a splash pad is being conducted.

“We’d also like to see some new benches and picnic tables and potentially some outdoor grills there,” said Henderson.

Donations to help the projects can be made through the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation where a fund has been established. Donors contributing to the Friends of Webster City Parks and Recreation can earmark donation to East Twin Park. Those who would like to make a donation can contact Darcy Swon, Enhance Hamilton County Foundation Development Director, at 515-835-0437, or at dswon@enhancehamiltoncounty.org.

“We encourage everyone to keep the support coming. The more that comes in, the more we can do,” Henderson said.

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