Dog park group, P&R plan for summer of construction, activity
by Rick DeClue · News · July 05, 2013

Supporters of the new West Branch Dog Park formed a non-profit company named Dog Park, Inc.

The company will provide long term upkeep of the park and provide a method for tax deductible donations.

Dr. Alan Beyer, chairman of the Animal Control Commission, told the West Branch City Council in June that plans call for the dogs to be running in the park as early as this fall.

The site, located at the intersection of 280th Street and Baker Avenue, has been cleared and graded. Grass has been planted, though Beyer said approximately 25 percent of the initial planting was washed away by rain.

After the reseeding, the grass will need at least two months to establish a usable run, he said. The seed is a special athletic turf designed for arduous use, according to Beyer.

During this time, Dog Park, Inc. will continue efforts to raise funds and material donations for fencing and other planned improvements.

The dog park has been long in planning.

“I think this will be an asset to the city,” said Beyer.

In other action, the city council acknowledged 17- year-old Brad Heilmann for his work on the sign erected at the south end of Wapsi Park. For his Eagle Boy Scout Project, Heilmann designed, built and landscaped the sign using donated funds and materials from local businesses and the Lion’s Club.

The sign includes a blank space at the top which will be filled with a future logo identifying West Branch Parks.

Park and Recreation Director Melissa Russell is working with a local artist to develop a logo, which will be incorporated in signs at all city parks.

The Council also approved a contract for VJ Engineering to survey and establish the boundaries of the entrance to Beranek Park connecting to Second Avenue.

Mayor Mark Worrell said the city will formalize the boundaries with surrounding property owners to reflect the actual width of the existing roadway.

Council Member Jim Oaks said that this had been done once, approximately 25 years ago, but apparently not recorded.

”We’ll try to do it right this time,” Worrell said.

Russell then provided the council with an update of summer park programs.

• T-ball participation is strong, with approximately 60 players

• Sand volleyball will field 15 teams this year

• About 30-40 swimmers aged 4-5 and up took Red Cross swim lessons in Tipton

• Day camp registrations are running higher than last year; the camp, scheduled for the second week in August, will include trips to Fun City in Burlington for roller skating and Friday in Kent Park

• Hy-Vee and other corporate donors are contributing to the Lunch Bunch program expected to serve over 60 children

• Two other trips planned are Lost Island water park in Waterloo and, in conjunction with the West Branch Public Library, a teen trip to the Maquoketa Caves.

Skyscraper Ad