Ribbon Cutting Held On East Lake Park In Okoboji
(Okoboji)-- A ribbon cutting was held today (Fri.) on the East Lake Park project across from Kum 'n Go in Okoboji. The project was a joint effort of Imagine Iowa Great Lakes, the city of Okoboji, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the 17 Oaks Condominium Association.
In addition to some extensive landscaping and clearing of brush along the lakeshore, the park also features a unique play structure, which is a miniature replica of the Queen II excursion boat. John Frankin of Imagine Iowa Great Lakes says it came from Germany...
"It came over in three containers and so Steffes actually assembled it and honestly looking at it the quality is just amazing and it really catches your eye as you go through. Mary Kennedy, she helped us with the, Mary helped us with the mini queen, has a story, and she found that information. We didn't have any idea. Thank you, Mary. There will be eventually a plaque put out here with the story about the meaning of mini queen."
Okoboji City Administrator Michael Meyers they're excited over the prospect of the little known city park getting much more use now...
"The city of Okoboji felt that at a minimum this property was being under utilized and truly had limitless opportunities and potential. So it's exciting to see today what foresight, creativity, philanthropy and partnerships have accomplished. On behalf of the city of Okoboji, Mayor Mary Vanderwoude, council member Jim Delperdang, council member Jim Hentges, council member Jerry Robinson, council member Julie Andres, and our residents, I want to thank Imagine Iowa Great Lakes for their partnership and their shared vision of this space and their lead on this project. Furthermore I want to thank the Iowa DNR and the 17 Oaks Condo Association. Without these entities this project would not have been able to reach its full potential, so we truly appreciate their efforts as well. I truly believe that this was a once in a lifetime project and the city of Okoboji is so fortunate to have made these partnerships and transform what was otherwise uninspiring property into what I believe will truly be an Okoboji landmark for years to come."
Nine preschool children from Joyful Journeys were among those on hand and got to test out the new play equipment.