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Happy trail!

Spurgin trail being expanded to a full mile

August 13, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

Want to walk a mile in someone else's shoes?

Now you can walk that mile in Dave Spurgin Park as ABC Services of Estherville completes the quarter mile extension this week.

City administrator Penny Clayton told the Parks and Recreation Board on Monday that the project was begun this past weekend.

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A quarter-mile loop is being added to the Spurgin Park trail, which will make it a full mile.

EDN photo by David Swartz

The trail, which was originally three-quarters of a mile, has an added loop for park patrons who wish to keep track of their mileage more easily.

Clayton some of the work remaining includes packing and putting a 'topcoat."

In other business Monday, the board discussed new signs for city parks.

The parks board has budgeted $12,000 to begin replacing signs and is targeting five parks to receive them first-Thoreson, Mickelson, North Riverside, Joe Hoye and Spurgin parks.

Clayton submitted some options to the board. One option included using a sign similar to those located on the Stow playground and the Sanborn shelterhouse. It would then be mounted on a pillar made of brickwork similar to the Estherville entrance signs.

No decision was made Monday.

The board also discussed sidewalk leading from either side of the swinging bridge.

The main concern is having a place to walk on the west side because the parking lot is often muddy.

Also discussed was a trail leading from the east side of the swinging bridge.

There is no money in this year's budget for the project. The board may see if Excel monies are available.

Clayton updated the board on the potential of bike racks in library square. The Excel committee has set aside $2,500 for bike racks.

Parks board members discussed the legality of riding bikes on sidewalks within the business district, which is against city code.

If the racks were next to the library entrance, patrons would likely ride their bikes up to them.

Clayton said she would discuss the matter with the city attorney.



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