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Old 06-21-2018, 11:00 PM
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Default Rotary’s Maytag Bowl project upgrades seating in major way

A project first envisioned by the Newton Rotary Club to add permanent seating at Maytag Park is now a reality. The Newton Park Board was given an update on the seating project at the Maytag Bowl during its regular meeting on Wednesday.

“The seating project is now completed,” public works director Jody Rhone said. “It is a really nice project. It is probably the nicest upgrades that have been done to the park since the Maytag Bowl renovation.”

The addition includes the construction of American with Disabilities Act accessible paved seating and sidewalks near the existing handicap parking. The area also has park benches and picnic tables in easily accessible, shaded space at the top of the hill.*

The project was originally pitched by the Rotary Club as a community project. A member of the club challenged his fellow members to raise a substantial amount of money and he pledged to match it for a project in Newton.

The club raised more than $30,000 and after narrowing down a list of ideas, the seating project was selected and presented to the city. After pouring concrete but prior to installing the seating, Rhone said he found adjustments needed to be made to accommodate those who use the area.

“Something that came from that event, we noticed some people were putting some easy-ups on the extra bit of concrete so we changed the layout a little bit for some of the tables and benches to allow for them,” Rhone said. “I think people are really going to think it looks nice.”

Board member Amanda Price said she saw people using the concrete pads even before the permanent seating was in place during the Race for Life and Bill Riley Talent Show events.

“It was nice because people were just putting their lawn chairs up there,” Price said.

Rhone said he hopes to have an open house recognition event for the Rotary at a later date.

The board was also given an update on the fundraising efforts for the Fourth of July events. Community services manager Brian Laube said the city is just $196 short of the needed amount but with several venues still being used for donations, he is confident the goal will be reached.

“I think we will make it and have some to carry forward for next year,” Laube said.

To help put the city over the top, fireworks donation cards are being sold at Hy-Vee for $1 each. A donation box is also placed at PJ’s Deli, a location that board members have had luck in the past.

One area that is in need is entries is the sand volleyball tournament. To date, the city has zero teams signed up to play. To participate, contact the parks department at 641-792-6622.

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

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