The total cost for the equipment is $3,541, and the remaining funds will go toward the concrete that has to be laid and painted to match what is already there.
Luckily, though, additional workers won’t have to be hired to do the work. Parks Department officials will be handling the construction, so it will not have to be paid for by tax dollars.
The frozen ground will put a delay on when park guests can use the new stations, however. In order for the equipment to be put up, the ground has to thaw so concrete can be laid, so the construction won’t begin until late March or early April, according to Rathje.
He also said great thanks are in order for the volunteer groups in the community that want to make a positive impact in Ottumwa.
“We all work together as a team to make these projects happen,” Rathje said.
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