Going national

Mega-10 Park featured in ‘Parks and Rec’ magazine

Renovating Mega-10 Park proved to be a community-wide initiative, spearheaded by Marshalltown Parks and Recreation Director Anne Selness. The park was formally re-dedicated during a public ceremony held this past June celebrating the time and talent put forth by elementary school children, members of the Iowa Valley Leadership (IVL) class of 2017, and the general public.

Mega-10 Park was recently featured in the January 2018 issue of “Parks and Recreation” magazine which serves as “the official publication of the National Recreation and Park Association.” Selness penned the article, entitled “Creating a Showplace and Destination Park for Marshalltown, Iowa.”

“I read the Park and Recreation forums, magazines and journals on a daily basis and I thought our community’s Mega-10 project was special because of the partnerships formed, the huge outpouring of support from many donors and organizations, and the hours and hours of volunteer labor that went into completing this unique and creative project,” Selness said. “I submitted our community project to the magazine last fall, and they responded immediately saying that they would like to run the article in the December or January issue.”

In the piece, Selness highlighted the park’s additions, which include: a zipline, climbing wall, children’s fitness area, a Biba (mobile game system), and a Children’s Discovery Garden, with the fence’s wooden pickets having been painted by students at Woodbury Elementary School. The garden has activities for children, a reading nook and little library, a pergola with benches, and a variety of plants and flowers.

“Our goal is to influence and empower people of all ages, abilities and demographics in Marshalltown and Marshall County to choose healthier lifestyles,” Selness wrote in the article.

Going forward, she said there is more work to be done in the city’s parks.

“With Mega-10 completed and the skate park on the agenda for an upgrade this summer, my goal is to make this area of Marshalltown an Outdoor Recreation Gateway to activities for the whole family. All ages will find something to do at this centralized location with new, challenging elements at the skate park, a graffiti wall, and the pump track, along with swimming at the aquatic center and Y, biking the Linn Creek trail and being close to the Fischer Community Center and downtown.”

To learn more about the project, contact Selness at: 641-754-5715, ext. 4. To learn more about the publication, visit: http://www.nrpa.org/parks-recreation-magazine

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