After a long, snowy winter, Hiawatha Parks and Recreation decided to kick off the summer with some new updates around the community parks. New nets at the sand volleyball court at the City Lake have been installed with some help from the Street Department as well as all new grills at the lake shelters with assistance from the Water Department.

“I took an afternoon to go investigate all our parks several weeks ago. I was disappointed to see we were in dire need of several updates but equally excited to get some of them going,” said Stacy Jasper, HP&R Director. “My HP&R crew (Maryann Wichman and Terry Smith) installed new swings at every park in town including Starr, Crestview, Kiddie Korral and the Lake. We also gave a few features at the Aquatic Park a face lift with new paint and décor.”

In hopes of continuing to get the public out and active, Jasper knew the updates were needed.

“It’s been fun giving some new life to our parks,” Jasper said. “But we definitely couldn’t have pulled off all the fun new additions without the help of all our City Staff. From Parks, to Streets to Water, everyone has chipped in with installation and making our facilities more enjoyable. And almost instantly, the community has noticed and applauded the efforts.”

The Hiawatha Aquatic Park has taken on a fun new theme this year with some tropical décor. New signage with rules and policies, a fun flamingo height sign for the slide, concrete art by Jasper and even a sno-cone machine for the concession stand has given the HAP some new life. Bruning Concessions also debuted a soft serve ice cream machine this week. There are still several projects Jasper wants to knock off during the summer, including all new playground mulch at Crestview Park.

“We’ve got some blue mulch coming for that park that is really going to make it pop,” she said.

Stay up to date with everything at HP&R on their Facebook and Instagram medias. There is plenty more in store for the summer of 2019!

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