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Volunteers needed for park renovation

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:55 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:57 a.m. CST

New playground equipment at Maytag Park will be installed Wednesday through Saturday.

Park staff is asking businesses, organizations and citizens to volunteer their time and help with the project, which will include the installation of two large play structures, climbing walls, swings and other equipment.

“One of the major goals of this project was to allow the community to get involved,” Newton Administrative Parks Superintendent Nathan Unsworth said. “We want to give people an opportunity to make a difference and be able give back to the park system. This is not a small project — it is going to take four long days to complete. However, we know this community will rally around this exciting improvement to Maytag Park.” 

Park staff has set up three different volunteer shifts for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon, 12:30 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Park staff would like eight to 10 volunteers for each time period and request volunteers be 16 years of age or older.

On Saturday, work will begin at 8 a.m., and park staff is looking for up to 50 volunteers to help with installing landscaping fabric, shoveling gravel and spreading wood chips. Volunteers under the age of 16 are encouraged to participate on Saturday.

“It will be exciting to see community members come together to work on this project. I think people are going feel really proud to be able to say ‘I helped build that,’” Unsworth said.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact the Newton Park Office at (641) 792-1470 or emailing Unsworth at nathanu@newtongov.org.