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Old 05-17-2018, 08:51 PM
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Default Newton park system continues RAGBRAI planning

With a little more than two months to go before RAGBRAI, the Newton Park Board was updated Wednesday on how the parks system will be used during the event.

Newton Parks Operations Superintendent Nick Cummins told the board at Wednesday’s meeting most of the groups planning to use the parks for camping during RAGBRAI are set and organizers are now moving into the logistics of the event.

Areas including showers, water stations and additional needs are moving into focus for those who will be staying in the parks.

In order to make the event run smoothly, Cummins said volunteers are needed throughout the day to help direct the thousands of riders and those assisting them during the event.

“The day of, especially the morning of that Wednesday, that is when a lot of the support vehicles get here, directing them in the parks, where they can park their vehicles, RVs,” Cummins said.

Those interested in volunteering for RAGBRAI can visit the website to sign up. Board member Marc Jackson asked if all of the parks will be used during the event. Cummins said a few of the smaller parks are not set up to hold campers but citizens should expect to see campers throughout the community.

“All of the big ones are going to be jam packed, which is great because we have a great parks system,” Cummins said.

Another big summer event the city is currently planning is the Fourth of July celebration. Community services manager Brian Laube said while the itinerary has been filled, the event is still short more than $2,700 on donations.

“We do have a few more expected expenses,” Laube said.

Along with the fireworks, the event will have entertainment, inflatables for children, a home run derby and volleyball tournament among other events. The annual parade will kick off the day in downtown Newton at 9:30 a.m.

Any citizen or business interested in giving to the fireworks fund can contact recreation administrative assistant Lisa Bernal at 641-791-0827.

Laube also gave an update on the waterslide rehabilitation at Maytag Pool. He said he is currently in processing of preparing a bid packet and has plans to begin seeking bid in about two weeks.*

“We’re going to try to bring something to council in June to try to get on somebody’s schedule so that we can turn them lose the day after the pool closes,” Laube said.

The rehabilitation will consist of repairing the leaking and offset water slide joints and refining the fiberglass tubes with a possible color change while continuing to utilize the existing support towers. Laube said the support structures and sound and the rehabilitation will add an estimated 15 to 20 years to the life of the waterslides.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or

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