Many adult activities presented to Noon Lions

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Anne Selness, director of Marshalltown’s Parks and Recreation Department, told the club about the many activities and facilities the department oversees. Noon Lion’s Club President Rev. Wally Paige welcomed Selness to the meeting.

Marshalltown Noon Lions Club President, Wally Paige presided over the club’s meeting on Monday. When the meal and opening activities were completed, he turned to Program Director Allan Thoreson who introduced Anne Selness, director of Marshalltown’s Parks and Recreation Department, who told the club about the many activities and facilities the department oversees.

Selness, who recently assumed her position, pointed out summer activities that mature adults could become involved in doing. These include water-walking up The Lazy River at the Aquatic Center and Gentle Tai Chi exercises. Sessions for the latter are held at the Xtreme Dance Studio on Mondays and at The Veterans Coliseum on Saturdays. Pickleball, Zumba, Volleyball Leagues, are among the many other offerings intended to provide fun, health, well-being, as well as social interaction for adults of all ages.

The Parks and Rec Department also offers a wide range of activities for children and youth. Summer is the busiest time of the year. An extensive catalog of offerings, which includes registration information and lists the many facilities and parks that the department is responsible for, is available from the Department Office at 10 W. State St. Information is also available by telephone at 641-754-5715 and at The Public Library.

Selness, also discussed the five buildings available for group rental, the development of the trail system, the remodeling of The Veterans Coliseum and the many parks scattered around the city. She spoke of the renovation of The Mega-10 Park with its unique features. That facility continues to benefit from much community support and grant funding. When completed, it will display a train theme and will provide Marshalltown’s first “zip line” feature. Anyone who contributes to the project may have a picket with name embossed upon it as a part of the Children’s Discovery Garden border fence. The Garden is but one of the many exciting aspects of the park.

The Noon Lions meeting was brought to a close by President Paige who reminded the members to get behind the sale of the fresh peaches fundraiser, to be present for next week’s regular meeting and to meet again as an entire club, June 19 for annual elections and awards.