A MEGA Day!

New look for the MEGA-10 Park unveiled

T-R PHOTOS BY SARA JORDAN
The renovations, including new features at the MEGA-10 Park, were formally unveiled Thursday.

T-R PHOTOS BY SARA JORDAN The renovations, including new features at the MEGA-10 Park, were formally unveiled Thursday.

“Excellent.”

This is the word Parks and Recreation Director Anne Selness used in describing the success of the recently completed renovations of Mega-10 Park.

Thursday afternoon, Parks and Rec. hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, open to the public, to formally recognize these efforts.

“We totally exceeded our goal for making this a show place and destination park,” Selness said.

She noted how the project came to fruition with the assistance of over 100 donors plus the fundraising, marketing and hands-on efforts of the Iowa Valley Leadership (IVL) class of 2017.

Funds for this project were pooled from the City of Marshalltown Capital Improvement Funds ($75,000), and the Mega-10 Board of Directors ($15,000), requiring Parks and Recreation to raise around $226,661 through grants and fundraising efforts to make up the difference.

The park now sports a gravity rail, a zipline, new playground equipment, a children’s fitness area and a 50×75 foot children’s discovery garden, complete with flowers and tomato, pepper, bean and corn plants. Youngsters from Woodbury Elementary School painted the fence’s pickets during art classes, while volunteers and members of the IVL class put the pickets together.

“The last 28 years, Mega-10 [board] has collaborated with businesses to raise $1.5 million for various community projects, and this one is our signature destination place for Marshalltown,” said Mega-10 board member Mike Schlesinger.

The train caboose located in the park was recently given a fresh coat of paint by members of the National Association of Retired & Veteran Railway Employees. Still to be installed is a children’s free little library and some additional pathways in the garden area. Also, an additional piece is still needed before the zipline will be operational — expected to happen by mid-July.

Bolton & Menk, an agency which offers civil engineering, surveying, planning and project management services, was consulted for this project.

“We are going to place ‘comment boxes’ along the parks’ trails for people to provide input to help us learn what the recreation needs are for the city,” said Casey Byers of Bolton & Menk.

Marshalltown Parks and Rec.’s 2018-2028 Strategic Master Plan was unveiled at the ribbon-cutting. The plan includes: providing opportunities to broaden the diversity of park users, promote and improve inclusive play and accessibility, improve day-to-day operations, provide a framework for short, mid and long-term improvements and growth opportunities, and improve ecosystem diversity and enhance the ecological resources within park and recreation areas in Marshalltown.

To learn more about the Mega-10 project, contact Selness at: aselness@ci.marshalltown.ia.us or 641-754-5715, ext. 141.