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Rockin’ in Estherville

P&R board allows new scavenger game to be conducted in parks

May 12, 2017
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Tired of Pokemon Go. Watch for a new type of game coming to the Estherville area soon.

At Monday's Estherville Park and Recreation Board meeting, Michelle Etherington sought permission to use the parks for a rock hiding scavenger hunt.

The premise behind the game is to start a closed Facebook page. Members will paint rocks and then hide them around town. Clues will be posted on Facebook. To become a member, simply submit a request to join the group. "This has a huge following over at the lakes," she said. "Anyone can join."

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The Iowa Great Lakes page is called "Boji Rocks."

When painting the rocks, Etherington said participants must use acrylic paint with a water sealer.

Participants can either keep the painted rocks that they find or hide them again.

In other business Monday, the Parks and Recreation Board reviewed a number of requests.

In a request from Christina Kern to place a gazebo in the park, the board approved the concept of a gazebo with placement to be determined.

The board approved a free request from the Kiwanis Builder's Club (the club's local organization of middle school students) to install a little free library in one of the parks. The Builder's Club collected over 1,100 children's books to be used in the new little library and the current little libraries in Thoreson, Lincoln and Spurgin parks. Board members thought the north side of the swimming pool may be a good place for the new little library.

The board had a discussion about having nicotine-free and smoke-free parks with Kim Moschenrose from Compass Pointe. Board members thought most smokers considered others and moved away from crowds when lighting up. Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton said there were plans to put up "no smoking" signs around the bleachers at the ball parks as well as the playground areas. The board plans to review a policy addressing the issue.

The board approved a request from the Chamber of Commerce to use Library Square for the Estherville Downtown Market again this year. The Downtown Market begins Thursday, June 1 and continues every Thursday through the summer months. The Downtown Market will also start on Saturdays in July.

The board also approved a request from Chad Peta to allow participants of the Regional Wellness Center Softball League to consume alcohol at the parks during league play. The board had permitted the activity last year and had no reported problems.

The board also approved a request from Betty Fiddler to use park bleachers and tables during the 2017 Emmet County Fair. Clayton said the arrangement works well as fair volunteers pick up the bleachers and tables and then, after the fair, bring the tables to Library Square in preparation for Sweet Corn Days and also return the bleachers.

Clayton updated the board on the installation of new playground equipment at South 10th Street Park. The equipment is scheduled for installation Thursday, Friday, May 18-19.



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