The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

January 22, 2014

Ottumwa Park fitness station to be expanded

OTTUMWA — One of the ways Ottumwa can better thrive as a community is by making sure each community member has the opportunity to be healthy and physically fit.

From new fitness centers opening, like Downtown Fitness at the corner of Washington and Fourth streets, to a multi-mile trail system that walkers, runners and bikers can enjoy, Ottumwa seems to be focused on trying to become more physically fit.

The Ottumwa Parks Department has been working hard in past years with improving the trail systems around the city to encourage being more physically active, but they are taking it a step further with the fitness station that has been created in Greater Ottumwa Park.

When the weather allows, unless a brave soul dares to walk the trails during the winter, the fitness station is almost always busy with people taking a break from their cardio to get a workout in.

“The stuff that’s there has been heavily used,” said Gene Rathje, Ottumwa Parks Department director. “It also fits in very well with all of the health initiatives happening around the community.”

The equipment was put in the park after the Rotary Club of Ottumwa decided to donate funds in 2012 to put a fitness station along the Ottumwa Trail System. Since the equipment has shown that it gets used frequently, the Rotary Club has decided to donate to add to the already-popular workout destination.

After receiving a $6,041 grant, the Rotary Club donated the money to the city of Ottumwa in order for the fitness station to expand with different types of workout machines.

In all, the equipment at the station will be doubled. Currently there are five pieces of equipment that can be used, but with help from the donation, the Parks Department, will be adding six new sections. Chin-up, vertical climb, body curl, sit-up, dip and hyperextension bench stations will all be added.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0723 OTT Riverfront color photo -L -M Ideas flow at Riverfront Renaissance workshop OTTUMWA — Ideas flowed as freely as the river itself Tuesday evening as more than 100 Ottumwans shared their vision of what the riverfront can be.The Riverfront Renaissance design charrette, sponsored by the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, drew p

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kids … not cash OTTUMWA — From a project that started with nothing, supporters created a top-notch education facility for at-risk youth. Someone in on the project from the beginning shared the story. Wapello County Supervisor Jerry Parker addressed a community advis

    July 22, 2014

  • Staying healthy during extreme heat OTTUMWA — After unusually cool temperatures last week, it may have been easy to forget how the heat of summer feels, but an incoming heat wave will quickly remind you. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, heat is the No.

    July 22, 2014

  • Shooting ruled homicide OTTUMWA — The death of a man shot in Wapello County has been ruled a homicide. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office on Monday received a 911 call of a shooting 4 miles southwest of Ottumwa. Deputies discovered Clinton Gus Leedom, 49, of Bloomfield, to

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723 OTT Seth Techel mugshot -T Techel jury may begin deliberations Wednesday

    DAVENPORT — The jury in the third trial of a Wapello County man accused of murdering his wife may begin deliberations as early as Wednesday in Scott County, Davenport. The jury was excused mid-afternoon Tuesday while Judge Daniel Wilson, who continue

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0723 OTT flood file photo Over $1 million to fight floods EDDYVILLE — It's not the way a town wants to get $1 million, but the damage suffered by Eddyville in recent floods has prompted the federal government to cut a check. Actually, it's Area 15 Regional Planning Commission, a community assistance agency

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Driver's license services temporarily suspended KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Treasurer’s Office has notified the Iowa Department of Transportation that it has suspended driver’s license services due to staffing issues in the county treasurer’s office. It is anticipated suspension of the services

    July 22, 2014

  • 0723 OTT Canoe Camp color photo -L -M -T Canoe Camp teaches water safety OTTUMWA — Six children at Pioneer Nature Area and Nature Center pond were making waves and getting wet as they flipped their canoes over in attempt to rescue each other. Since summertime and water activities go hand-in-hand, the goal of the activity

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three appointed to Board of Adjustment OTTUMWA — Three new faces will appear on Wapello County Board of Adjustment, thanks to help from the county’s newspaper of record, the Ottumwa Courier. Four applicants applied for the positions and three were selected. New members include Marcia Week

    July 22, 2014

  • Slain woman's boyfriend: I didn't kill her DAVENPORT — A married man who had an affair with a slain Wapello County woman testified this morning that he did not kill her. Jason Tinnes, a jailer who worked with the late Lisa Caldwell Techel, said their affair ended shortly before she died. Tinn

    July 22, 2014

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook