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Thanks to the efforts of a group of community leaders, a new memorial park is taking shape in Tingley.
The park is the brainchild of life-long Tingley resident Bob Johnson, who wanted to honor “people from the past who made the town of Tingley.”
The project first got off the ground when Carl Jerome purchased an abandoned property on Main Street. Jerome demolished the dwelling and cleaned up the lot with the intention of selling it at some point.
However, when Jerome was approached by community leaders, he agreed to donate the lot to the city for the purpose of creating an attractive memorial park.
Seeing the merits of the project, the Tingley town council provided $20,000 from a memorial gift to the city to get the ball rolling, and since that time over $12,000 in cash donations plus donations of a 30-foot flagpole, rocks, and benches have been received.
The park is being constructed with all-volunteer labor from area carpenters, electricians, plumbers, masons and many others.
A new town welcome sign was designed by Podium Ink.
While the park is still a work in progress, Johnson said the goal is to have seven trees planted, the fence erected, the flag pole in place and the sign lit up in time for the annual Tingley Halloween Fun Night October 26. The planting of flowers will need to wait until next spring.
Those interested in donating to the park project may purchase benches, trees or rocks in memory of past loved ones.
Johnson added memorial bricks will be added some time in the future.
Cash donations may be sent to Tingley Post Office Box 153 in care of the Memorial Park.
Questions may be directed to Bob Johnson at 641-340-5409 or to any of the park project steering committee: John Allen, Sherry Briner, Donetta Phelps, Kent Trullinger, Julie Ackley, Polly Hartsook, Joy McFarland, Amelia Quick, Jenesse Tull, Priscella Arvik, Cheryl Roach or Jenifer Johnson.