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Controlled burn at City Park
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Conservation plans underway at City Park

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Park enthusiasts and anyone who loves the outdoors are encouraged to come and learn about two initiatives underway reported to have a positive long-term impact on City Park.  A town hall meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 9, from 6-7 p.m. at the Winterset City Hall council chambers. Open to the public, expected to last about an hour, this presentation will explain the exciting developments.

Controlled burn at City Park

As part of the conservation plan outlined by the City Park Restoration Committee, volunteer Darrel Mills led the efforts on a controlled burn to improve the lower park timber. 

The first development is the plan to improve and restore the woodlands in the park and the second is the nomination process which would be involved in placing Winterset City Park on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

A 10-member volunteer City Park Restoration Committee produced the conservation plan. As a result of this plan, practices are now underway to improve the lower park timber (ie. removal of honeysuckle, controlled prescribed burn, selective removal of undesirable trees). Those attending will hear how the plan was developed, learn of work that has already been completed and the long-term benefits of good timber practices.

The second presentation will focus on the historical significance of City Park. Throughout last year, a massive volunteer effort has been underway on the nomination process to get City Park, including several limestone structures and the Bennett Log Cabin recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. A huge undertaking, the process was spearheaded by the Madison County Historical Preservation Commission. The advantage to the listing on the National Register is that the city would then receive monetary support with the costly restoration of historical structures throughout the park.

The meeting will feature speakers; Linda Smith will represent the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission; Al Lange will represent City Park Restoration Committee; and John Pletchette, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, will also speak. Following the presentations, there will be a time for the public to ask questions and receive answers to any concerns, a few other improvements involving Winterset City Park will also be discussed. 

Citizens are encouraged to become involved with these projects which are entirely driven by volunteers.

 

Managing editor at the Madisonian.