Unveiling a master plan

Parks & Rec. open house and park tour slated for Aug. 8

Selness

Selness

Marshalltown Parks and Recreation oversees the city’s 21 parks, plus rental buildings, softball complex, playgrounds, campground, aquatic center, bike trails, tennis courts, disc golf course, dog park and the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. To maximize the efficiency of these offerings, Parks and Rec has hired a company that has been evaluating the recreational opportunities Marshalltown has to offer. The results of this evaluation — the 2018-28 Strategic Master Plan — will be unveiled in a public presentation, Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 4:30-7 p.m.

“We will start the presentation at Anson Park at 4:30 p.m.,” said Parks and Rec Director Anne Selness. “We will learn about the ideas the consultant agency Bolton & Menk have for upgrading Anson Park, since it is one of the top three most used parks in Marshalltown.”

Then at 5:10 p.m., the presentation will move to West End Park, located at 220 N. 13th St.

“At West End Park we will show the progress of installing three new futsal courts,” Selness said.

The lighted outdoor futsal complex is set to be the first of its kind in Iowa. Futsal is a form of soccer, played using a smaller ball, in a smaller area, and with five people on a team.

At 6 p.m., people will make their way to the Council Chambers-City Hall, located at 10 W. State St., to hear the formal presentation, which will start around 6:15 p.m.

“Casey Byers of Bolton & Menk will be presenting preliminary results of the community survey and will be sharing information about the completed inventory and analysis of Marshalltown Parks,” Selness added.

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.

Selness said that while they are already evaluating the surveys, people who haven’t filled them out yet may still do so, from now until the end of August. It is available for download in both Spanish and English at: https://ci.marshalltown.ia.us and at the Parks and Rec office, located at 10 W. State St.

A final presentation of Bolten & Menk’s analysis will be held sometime during Oktemberfest, at a time to be determined.

“I’m really excited. They have come up with things I haven’t thought of in my 25 years in this field,” Selness said. “It’s good to have a second set of eyes about things to improve in our parks.”

To learn more, contact Selness at: aselness@ci.marshalltown.ia.us or 641-754-5715, ext. 4.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com