October 01, 2023

Parks and Recreation continue summer planning

Creston Parks and Recreation board met Tuesday to discuss multiple upcoming projects and events.

On Tuesday, June 6, the board will receive money from the South Central Iowa Grant in order to purchase permanent cornhole boards for McKinley and Rainbow parks. Board member Gary Borcherding explained the board is hoping to talk to a number of people regarding board placement.

“We’ll have to get with some disc golfers and bags players and get dimensions and a location figured out for where we want to put it,” Borcherding said. “I don’t want to put them someplace where [disc golfers] are going to play through.”

Preparations for Party in the Park have continued. Promotional posters have been ordered, with tickets going on sale once the posters are up.

Board members discussed possibly continuing the Fridays After Five tradition of free drinks for the first 100 people when located at Party in the Park June 30.

An update was shared regarding the opening of Lexi’s Puppy Patch. Board member Mark Huff explained the grass had been growing nicely until the rain stopped coming. Weeds have now taken over.

“We’re going to try to mow the weeds this week,” Huff said. “This dry spell didn’t help matters. It was doing fine there for a while, and then it just quit raining.”

This will the be first of a required three mowings before the dog park is able to open.

Darlene Louden of the Southside Boosters, a group that fundraises and cares for Rainbow Park, shared some of the work the group has been doing on the park.

“We got the flowers in the fountain the other day, which looks pretty good,” Louden said.

The Southside Boosters are also looking to finish the painting of the bandshells, a project which the Rainbow Park Restoration Committee, a separate entity from the Southside Boosters, recently asked to take over.

Erin Henze

Originally from Wisconsin, Erin is a recent graduate from UW-Stevens Point. Outside of writing, she loves to read and travel.