Sister of Liberty in need of restoration
It was placed by the Boy Scout program in 1951 and, since that time, has welcomed visitors to Indian Foothills Park.
At what was once known as the Boy Scout Entrance, the Sister of Liberty Statue is beginning to show her age. During the Marshall Parks and Recreation board meeting Wednesday, Nov. 3, Director Jeff Stubblefield said he'd like to "restore the statue to its former glory."
In a previous meeting, Stubblefield announced the base of the statue needed repair, but after a more detailed examination determined the entire piece is in need of attention.
Discussions with a restorer led to an estimate of $15-25,000 because the Wichita-based restorer has yet to see the statue. The higher end of the estimate was generally applied to statues with missing pieces.
In other news, the department finished 2010 at $13,000 in the black -- board members taking this as a sign that the park is being used and enjoyed on a regular basis.
There were good revenues in all the departments, according to Stubblefield, and the Parks Department ended this fiscal year with approximately $200,000 more than 2009 in revenue.
Because this year brought more visitors and revenue, officials were able to make many changes throughout the park, including working with Missouri Valley College to redo Osage Field. Workers are also constructing a greenhouse near the bow range in order for the park to keep plants through the winter. Plans for a walking path are currently underway.
The railroad bed that lies north of the park is not an option for a walking path, according to Stubblefield. He stated that he and City Administrator Connie Latimer spoke with railroad officials when the tracks were being removed, but the railroad would not sell or lease the property.
Instead, Marshall Parks and Recreation plans to construct a path possibly running from Vest Street to Eastwood, and then add to it over time.
In addition to construction, the park has had a problem beneath its feet.
"We've got some erosion control problems," Stubblefield said.
The south end of the creek and the hill at the Battle of Marshall shelter are two areas that the park will be working to correct.
In other news, the golf course will be going into winter hours. Golfers can play between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends. Further into the season, hours the course will be open will be weather dependent.
Board members Sam Untiedt, John Angelhow, Ronnie Hill, Nancy Kleinschmidt, Olive Malter, Scott Fann, Vice President Wayne Crawford, President Mike Lamberson, Director Jeff Stubblefield, Recreation Supervisor Lori Godsey and Administrative Assistant Mary Perkins were present.
The next board meeting is scheduled at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1.
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