Plans for park projects proceed

A new volunteer has stepped forward to help work on a proposed dog park in Webster City.

At Thursday’s meeting of the Webster City Park and Recreation Commission, Bryan Johnston, a boy scout, said he would like to work on the dog park as part of his eagle scout project. Johnston said he could donate several tubes and poles that dogs could run through and jump over at the park.

Currently, the commission is looking at placing the dog park at Sketchley Park. They had previously discussed the idea with Patsy Brock and her class at Webster City Middle School in their January meeting.

On Thursday, the commission voted to proceed with planning the project. Recreation and Public Grounds Director Kent Harfst said the commission and Johnston will meet at Sketchley Park during their April meeting to continue planning.

The board also continued discussion of a planned BMX course at East Twin Park. Harfst said work will begin on the course in April.

Harfst said the project will likely be completed at little cost with free dirt and work coming from the city and local businesses respectively. Additionally, Harfst said local teenagers have agreed to help put the course together.

“If we can make them a part of it, they’re going to take care of it better,” Harfst said.

The course is planned to be made next to the skate park at East Twin Park.

In other business, the board set dates for the outdoor swimming pool season. This year, the outdoor pool will be open from June 7 to Aug. 18.

The next board meeting will be held on April 17.