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Fitness stations coming to C.R. Roberts Trail

December 6, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

The Dysart Tree Board has been busy developing the shelter near the C.R. Roberts Trail in town and next will have fitness stations installed this spring.

"We brainstormed what we could do to make Dysart a better place to live, work and play with more facilities heath-wise," Cathy Wieck, a member of the Tree Board said. "Young people today looking for places to settle with their families are looking for communities with recreational amenities. They look at trails and parks, so this opportunity accomplished our goals of making Dysart better."

Three stations will be spaced out near the shelter, including a sit-up bench, parallel bars and three levels of pull-up bars. The equipment has been rdered through BYO Playground and will arrive in December, but will not be installed until the spring due to the change of seasons. Future additions are also a possibility depending on the community response.

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"Health-wise, people will be more interested in doing activities that are good for them," Wieck said. "If these stations are well-accepted and used, we hope to expand it. This is good equipment we are purchasing."

These fitness stations are the third phase of developing the trail and attracting more visitors along the trail and families into town. The Tree Board led the charge to repair the roof, add a cement pad for a bike rack, develop an information center in the shelter and add a water meter as well.

"In 1998, the Tree Board was running out of places to plan trees and this land became available," Wieck said. "Bill Hansen, a member of the board, thought the city should get ahold of this property and then the Tree Board would develop the trail. There was a terrific amount of cleanup because it hadn't been used in some years, but that's how it all began."

Funding for this trailhead project has come from grants by the Tama County Community Foundation, Dysart Community Foundation, the Max & Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation, Dysart Development Trail Celebration Fund with the Trails Committee, Dysart Tree Board Beautification Fund and community contributions. The Dysart Lions Club installed the new roof and made repairs on the shelter, while Hatch Excavating installed the water meter and Dennis Manfull constructed the information center to provide "interesting information about the history of Dysart and the railroad and flora and fauna along the C.R. Roberts Trail in Dysart and along the Old Creamery Nature Trail to Garrison and Vinton." No city funds have been used on the project. Dysart Public Works worked two hours installing the water meter. All involved in the project will be invited and recognized at a dedication ceremony in the late spring at the shelter.

"We have received a lot of grant money for this project and we need to recognize these people," Wieck said. "After this is all finished, our push will be marketing these stations and the shelter to bring people from the surrounding communities. Trails can be of economic value to our community, and the Tree Board is very interested in helping Dysart prosper and grow."

More details on the dedication will be provided at a later date and time. Follow the Dysart Reporter for addtional coverage in the future.



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