Work on the rock garden near the confluence of the Des Moines west fork and School Creek was one of the topics the Estherville Parks and Rec Board discussed Tuesday night.
The city is building a berm and a drainage field around the garden which will protect the historic structure to the height of the parking lot to the north, and a sump pump will drain the garden should river levels reach the levels such as they did three years ago.
On Tuesday, city administrator Penny Clayton told the Park and Rec Board that a check valve on the sump pit will prevent water entry. If water should reach the road, there will be water in the rock garden, but Clayton said with the new arrangement the drawdown should be much faster.
Valley Contracting was filling drainage tile trenches with gravel Tuesday at the rock garden north of School Creek. The $15,584 project which will help protect the garden from flooding was funded by local option sales tax money.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann
In other business, Nancy Clark of the Downtown Market Committee said this year's market will be for 12 weeks on Thursday nights.
"The Downtown Market Committee does greatly appreciate the use of Library Square," Clark said, noting there were 20 vendors last year along with occasional musicians.
"Our vendors love Library Square too," Clark said. "They just loved the atmosphere down there and everything."
The board approved the Downtown Market's request for use of the Square.
The board also approved a request by the Emmet County Wellness Coalition to use the Square for a community walk at 11:30, noon, and 12:30 Friday, May 3. Walks will also be held at the Regional Wellness Center, ELC and at GKN.
The board also discussed the youth soccer program which will include first through third grades this year. Clayton said the program will have practices Tuesdays and Thursdays and matches on Saturdays. Clayton said it's possible the program could be shared with the one at the RWC.
Clayton said 327 youth had registered for youth baseball and softball, with seven boys teams and six girls teams participating. She said two boys and three girls coaches are needed for the junior program. Anyone who would like to volunteer as a coach can call Parks and Rec at 362-3575.