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Parks and Recreation Report
9/16/2013 2:02:35 PM by Kurt Ripperger

Indianola Parks and Recreation Department

Fact Sheet

Bringing Fun to Life

Indianola’s Parks and Recreation department serves more than 2,000 families and nearly 7,100 individuals in the community each year with over 150 program offerings. From sports to preschool, youth, teen and 50 plus activities and trips to fitness classes, swim lessons special events and family activities, the Parks and Rec department is brimming with a wide array of affordable programs to meet a variety of community needs. From family favorites like the citywide 4th of July celebration to Daddy-Daughter Date night to “The Zone” to storybook walks in parks and along trails, this department has as its mission to offer a variety of experiences that enhance and preserve quality of life in Indianola.

 

The Department is responsible for 14 park areas (260 acres), the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, Indianola Skate Park, Indianola Activity Center and Pickard Softball Complex.  It partners with interest groups to operate the Youth Soccer Complex, and rents the school gyms and multi-purpose rooms for indoor recreation programs. The department works with a six-member Parks and Recreation Commission, and includes 10 full-time and three permanent part-time employees with divided responsibilities for parks and leisure services for the city.

 

Recent accomplishments include:

·         New playground equipment at McCord Park including two age-appropriate play structures, swings, walkway border and benches

·         Pedal Bike Fest with Mayors Youth Council

·         Yappy Hour dog events

·         Yoga in the Park

·         Shelter expansion at Moats Park means that it has doubled in size and features electrical outlets, lighting, potluck buffet counter and metal roof

·         Plan development for Buxton Park Arboretum enhancements such as locations for plantings, gardens, special features, walkways, furnishings and art

·         Smart phone audio tours at DeNelsky Park as a guide to plants and wildlife in the park

·         Wireless internet access availability at the Activity Center

New partnerships and collaborations opened the door for:

·         Installation of a new Tree of Life sculpture that now sits in front of City Hall, in cooperation with Indianola Park Friends

·         Three storybook walks in conjunction with the Indianola Public Library and Park Friends

·         Formation of a new group called Friends of Indianola Trails

·         17 free community recreation events

·         Restoration of an oak savanna on the south side of Pickard Park, in working with the Indianola Tree Committee, that will showcase and educate visitors on different types of oak trees and encourage family outdoor activities

Little-known facts that keep Indianola beautiful:

·         4,200 bulbs were planted last year around park signs and at Buxton Park

·         All small to medium-sized trees within the parks and along highways were pruned

·         Our city greenhouse was bursting with blooms; 13, 925 total. 475 were perennials, 700 vegetables and herbs, 2,750 annuals for sale and 10,000 annuals dedicated to the parks and public flowerbeds

·         64 new shrubs were planted along Highway 65-69 at the north edge of town

·         100 people participated in the Adopt-a-Tree program and received a new tree planted in their yard, for a nominal fee.

 

 

For more information contact:

Glen Cowan, Director

Indianola Parks and Recreation Department

515-961-9420

 

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Fall Leaf & Garden Waste Disposal
8/22/2013 1:40:00 PM by Skye Jacobs
Fall Clean Up Information
8/22/2013 1:26:08 PM by Skye Jacobs
Aquatic Center Reopens
8/9/2013 9:36:14 AM by Kathy Kester

Update
Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center has reopened.  Public swim will be held 1-8pm today.   Friday Night Family Float will be held from 6-8pm, as a special time for families.  Buy one/get one free admission (or regular season pass). Bring your rafts, inner tubes, noodles & other devices for family time!

The Indianola Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center closed around 3:00pm on Thursday, August 8th to super chlorinate and sanitize pool water.

On Thursday, officials were informed that a pool user having cryptosporidium (Crypto), a waterborne parasite that causes diarrhea, stomach cramping and vomiting lasting 2-3 weeks, attended the Aquatic Center earlier in the week.

The pool has not been confirmed to have had carried the virus, but is being sanitized as precautionary measure to prevent the further spread. The Aquatic Center should reopen within 48 hours.

Crypto is found in the fecal matter of a person who has been infected by it. It has a tough outer shell that allows it to survive for a long time in the environment. It can survive for days even in properly chlorinated pools.

The best precaution is to stay out of the pool for two weeks after having diarrhea, taking showers using soap before entering the water and not ingesting pool water.

 

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This week's evening swimming lessons will be made up next week on Tuesday, August 13th and Wednesday, August 14th, during their assigned times. read more...
Fire Department Report
7/31/2013 11:25:34 AM by Skye Jacobs
Y Partners Present Checks
7/30/2013 1:32:55 PM by Skye Jacobs
God Bless America Sculpture Visits Simpson
7/30/2013 9:46:05 AM by Skye Jacobs
New Parking Ordinance
7/30/2013 8:57:53 AM by Skye Jacobs
Indianola Hires New Chief of Police
7/30/2013 8:40:51 AM by Skye Jacobs
Slide Closed
6/11/2013 2:39:20 PM by Kathy Kester

The yellow speed slide installed at the Indianola Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in the spring of 2012 will be replaced later this summer. After many repairs over the last year and discussions between the City and the slide contractors, the manufacturing company, Splashtacular, has decided that the materials used to build the slide are faulty and that they will be replacing the slide in its entirety.  They believe that a delamination of the fiberglass and gel coat is causing breaks in the glass that could cause injury to riders. The slide will remain closed until a new slide is installed later this summer. Our hope is to have the new slide installed by the first week of August. We apologize for the inconvenience. All other water features are still able to be enjoyed throughout the summer.

Contact Indianola Parks & Recreation with any questions at (515) 961-9420.

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