Last Thursday the City Council and Park & Recreation Commission had a joint meeting in which they discussed the future of some of the city parks. As some of you may know, the campgrounds at Riverside Park have been closed most of this past year due to problems with the electrical hookups and with the collapse of the sanitary sewer that services the park. The estimated cost of repairing these two items is approximately $15,000. Last spring the Commission made the recommendation to the City Council to keep the campground closed.
At the meeting last Thursday night the consensus was to encourage campers to utilize the campgrounds at Briggs Woods Park, as well as the campsites at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds for persons involved with the car races.
In addition to the discussion of the campgrounds, the two groups discussed the progress of the Visioning Report that was compiled approximately four years ago. The goal of this project was to develop a landscape plan that illustrates the vision of Webster City. This plan discussed the various parks and how they can be improved. This process was assisted by the Iowa Department of Transportation, Trees Forever, Iowa State University Landscape Architecture, and Iowa State University Extension Community and Economic Development.
Both groups encourage the community to voice their opinion as to the future of the various parks. If you have any suggestions on the different city parks please let me know. Have a great Thanksgiving.