The Glenwood Kiwanis Club is moving forward with Phase IV of the Hiley Park improvement and renovation plan.
Kiwanis spokesperson Dr. Jacque Young told members of the Glenwood City Council last month that the club intends to install approximately $12,000 in additional playground equipment at the park later this year if funding can be secured.
Young said the new equipment will be added to the play structure installed at the neighborhood park in 2007. The new addition would double the size of the equipment, Young said.
“If we don’t get all the funding, we can leave out parts of it,” she said. “It was built so that we can work with it.”
Young said the club plans to pay for the equipment through donations, fundraisers and grants.
“We plan to commit some of our own funds from our fundraisers. We have Kiwanis youth organizations – at West School, the middle school and the high school. They’ll be helping out with the fundraising,” Young said. “It’s a community project. We will also ask donations of the community. And the neighbors. We want to get some ownership involved with Hiley Park.”
The Glenwood City Council has endorsed the Kiwanians’ efforts at the city-owned park and has authorized mayor Kim Clark to sign a grant application from the Mills County Endowment to seek funding for the project.
Hiley Park, located in the Glenbrook neighborhood, was developed by the Kiwanis club in the 1980s. Over the years, the club has spearheaded improvements at the park.
Over $32,000 in improvements have been made at the park in the past three years, including the installation of a play structure, a walking path, a footbridge and the installation of new posts and backboards for basketball. New picnic tables have also been added.
The Kiwanians have not only overseen fundraising for the park, but they’ve also provided most of the volunteer labor to carry out the improvements.