The Parks Department’s mission is to provide a service to the public through the beautification of our parks. Areas and included maintenance are listed below. The Parks Department is under the direction of Parks and Recreation Superintendent Patrick Hayes, Foreman Chris Pedersen and Operator Todd Collins.
Areas of maintenance include Huntress Park (22.2 acres); Dexter Park (5.8 acres); Reeds Park (2.6 acres), Tiger Terrace (5 acres); Scout Cabins (2.5 acres); Fairgrounds (15.6 acres), Airport (36.0 acres); 3rd and Lane, 2nd and Clarke (.5 acres) for an approximate total of 86.5 acres.
Job duties include mowing, weed eating, trash pick-up of the grounds, maintenance on playground equipment, and painting of shelter houses. Additionally, the Parks Department paints and maintains picnic tables, serving tables, benches, and maintenance of bleachers. Snow removal is included for Huntress and Dexter Park.
The Parks Department mows the ball diamonds, helps with trash removal, helps with maintenance to fences, bleachers, dugouts, buildings, and any other issues that may arise. The Parks Department also assists with painting projects. The Parks Department opens bathrooms in the spring, and closes and winterizes in the late fall. Whenever time and weather permits, the Parks Department can help with other projects.
When the pool is out of season, the Parks Department cleans, washes, and paints the pool and bathhouse. The Parks Department does moderate plumbing and winterizing to keep things in operation. There may be other job duties such as construction that may occur. Once the pool is in operation, the Parks Department turns it over to the pool manager, completing maintenance as requested.
The Parks Department is responsible for the mowing, weed eating, and spraying around the building and runway lights. The Parks Department may do other miscellaneous projects as needed. Snow removal is included for the hanger doors, tie-downs, and around the gas pumps.
The Parks Department does light maintenance and other small projects per request of the City Clerk. Snow removal is included for the library, city parking lots and scout cabins.