Morningside Park to get makeover
Women in Business Impact Organization to beautify park on Earth Day by Dan Mundt "The baseball diamond at Morningside Park is so overgrown with weeds you wouldn’t even know it’s a baseball diamond," said Rachel Desy, office manager at the Chamber & Development Council of Crawford County.
Desy is also a lead member of the Women in Business Impact Organization, which will spearhead the effort to clean up the park during the group’s third annual Crawford County Beautification Day.
The group organized the cleaning of Washington Park in 2014 and Johnson Park in 2015.“This year we chose Morningside Park because it’s heavily used,” Desy said. “A lot of young kids use it and it’s a popular sledding hill in town.”
The Women in Business Impact Organization formed three years ago, initially as a networking group called the Women in Business Coffee Club.Desy said within three months, the group changed the name after members decided they wanted to be more active in the community and take on projects that would make a difference.The group soon came up with the idea for Crawford County Beautification Day, which is planned to coincide with Earth Day.The beautification of Morningside Park will involve a sports theme that will be added to trashcans, the pillars of the park’s shelter and on other objects.
Last year, Johnson Park received a makeover involving the Minions from the “Despicable Me” movie franchise. Some people now refer to the park as Minion Park, Desy said.“We plan to do the sports theme throughout Morningside Park,” Desy said. “We want to bring in baseball, soccer, and maybe something with sledding. She said the group had initially planned to do a chainsaw carving from an old tree stump at the park, but wood rot was discovered in the stump; the bark will be shaved off and the stump will be painted, she said.A committee from the business group is working on the details of the sports theme, working out how to tie it all together.
The Women in Business Impact Organization is working with Denison Parks and Recreation Director Brian Kempfert to revitalize the park’s baseball diamond.“The city will be there to install the new dirt to bring back the baseball diamond,” she said. “That’s one of the improvements you’ll be able to see that day.”Mulch will be added to the areas around the playground equipment.“Right now it’s just pea gravel, but mostly sand,” she said. “It’s pretty messy.”The community has responded in positive ways to the beautification projects, Desy said.The Denison Mosaic branch, which serves individuals with intellectual disabilities, contacted the Women in Business Impact Organization and offered to adopt Washington Park.“It’s kind of nice that someone is continuously taking care of that park,” Desy said. “They really enjoy taking their clients there to tidy it up.”Several organizations have chosen to do their own beautification projects that day.
“Even if you are not able to make it to the park, we’d still like everyone to do something to recognize Earth Day,” she said.Teachers at Zion Lutheran School and St. Rose of Lima will take students on walks around the neighborhoods near the schools to clean up litter.“That helps teach them at that young age so that maybe when they become adults they will give something back as well,” Desy said.
Lots of volunteers are already lined up for this year’s beautification day, including FFA students from Denison High School and other students looking for volunteer hours.“A lot of our Women in Business Impact Organization members will be there and some will be bringing their employees,” Desy said.
The even begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 22. Eventide will provide a grill to cook hotdogs throughout the day for the volunteers.“If you can come for a few hours, great. If you can come for the whole day, even better,” she said.The Women in Business Impact Organization was also responsible for recent tour of homes and the creation of the new Santa House in uptown Denison.“We plan to continue to bring back some of the traditions that were here when we were growing up,” Desy said. “So many people talked to us about the Santa House and how it was so fun for them to take their kids there because it was one of their good memories from growing up.”The organization plans to convert the Santa House into a holiday house that will remain in place between United Bank of Iowa and Consumers Credit Union on Broadway. The building will be redecorated for different holidays.“Every year we’ll buy more decorations and every year it can be more elaborate,” she said.The Women in Business Impact Organization recently received a $7,000 donation from a person in the community, Desy said. Those funds will be put toward a project to improve the signage on Highway 30 near Silveridge next year.“We are going to work to make the signs a little more appealing when you come into town there, since it’s one of our main corridors,” Desy said.
The Women in Business Impact Organization is open to anyone, she said.“It’s a subgroup of the Chamber and Development Council, so we usually like to have members be a member of a CDC business, but we don’t turn anyone away,” Desy said.For more information about the organization or for more information about Crawford County Beautification Day, call 712-263-5621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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