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Veterans Memorial Park nearing completion

Bricks are in place for walkway

August 17, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Monday's meeting of the Estherville Parks & Recreation Board included an update on Veteran's Memorial Park. The Gold Star Family Memorial is visible to drivers on Central Avenue, and the brick walkway is nearly complete, according to city administrator Penny Clayton.

"Without the work of John Semrad and Perry (Russell), the project would not be where it is at today," Clayton said.

In other business, the board reviewed the pool log.

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"Obviously the numbers are down from last year, and season pass purchases are really down," Clayton said.

Swimming pool revenue last year was $2,400 year to date; this year as of July 31 the pool has brought in $985. Only six single and seven family season passes have been sold this year, down 90 percent from last year. Numbers have averaged about 30 patrons per day.

Friday, Aug. 17, the pool will be closed as no lifeguards will be available at all due to returning to college and the fall sports showcase at Estherville Lincoln Central.

The board also approved the date of Sept. 20 from 4-5:30 p.m. at Library Square for the Lights on Afterschool program.

"It will be on a Thursday night, coinciding with Downtown Market, which will be a good partnership," Clayton said.

The board also reviewed a proposal with the school relating to the baseball diamond. The school district would like to make improvements to the drainage at the baseball field, and take that area back from the city. The proposal showed a line winding past the diamond, but excluding the bathrooms, which the city would still maintain for park users year round.

A survey would have to be completed for the property transfer, Clayton said.

The next meeting of the Parks & Rec board will be Sept. 10 at Thoreson Park.



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