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City parks, senior center will benefit from Hyrum volunteers

March 23rd, 2013 Posted in Opinion

By Paul Christiansen

HYRUM –  Comcast Cares day, an annual statewide service project of Comcast employees and community volunteers, is coming up, and the City Council discussed Tuesday how best to make use of the volunteers’ help. The effort in Hyrum will be centered on city parks and the Hyrum Senior Center.

City Recorder Stephanie Fricke encouraged council members to have any recruited community participants write the location of the project they prefer at the top of their registration form.

Mayor Dean Howard recommended each volunteer list their top three project choices to avoid a surplus of helpers working on the same project.

“If they all volunteer for the same one, we’re going to have a problem,” Howard said. “I hate to be negative; I’m usually pretty positive but if everybody signed up for the same park, none of the other projects would have anybody and we’d be overloaded.”

Brent Jensen, city administrator, said the event will impact the city budget with some costs. He was confident the funding will be found because of a large amount of interest and project support from community members. “The painting and some of the projects will require some investment but so far it looks good,” Jensen said.

The council previously had approved construction of a retaining wall at Blacksmith Park, a city park in its early developmental stages, as one of the day’s projects. Jensen said the ground at the site was recently scraped in preparation.

“The original plan on the retaining wall was a lot larger than will go to make this one,” Howard said. “As we go on they can remove that and then enlarge it. We just didn’t want to put in that much retaining wall and have a smaller playground area for right now. We can always make adjustments as we go. I think that some playground equipment up there will really help the people.”

Fricke said it was imperative the city have an idea of the approximate number of people planning to attend the service day, so the city can get the proper amount of equipment and supplies needed.

Jensen will meet with representatives from Comcast on Tuesday to discuss further project proposals. The council will discuss the event further at its next meeting.


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  1. One Response to “City parks, senior center will benefit from Hyrum volunteers”

  2. By Japs on Mar 26, 2013

    Definitely great project, seniors would be happy to know that there are people who would come to their place. We can see smiles at their face once more.

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