Roland’s Britson Park continues improvements

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Roland’s Britson Park continues improvements

Roland’s Britson Park had more improvements in 2014, following the Grand Opening that was held in 2013. The biggest addition was the construction of the multi-purpose building, which houses restrooms, a concession stand and a storage area. Seed money for the building came thanks to a grant from the Story County Community Foundation.

The playground structure was finished with the addition of a swing set. A bench near the structure was donated by the family of Sharon Ann Shepard, where parents could have a place to sit and watch their kids in the playground area.

A sidewalk was completed into the interior of the park, as well the addition of a water line for use in watering fields and for new grass. Much of the facility has had the previous grass tilled up, and has now been hydro-seeded with new grass seed. The initial grass seeding in 2011 was done during a drought, and the grass never grew very well. So the Roland Park Board is hopeful that this new grass planting will grow much better.

In late October, 50 new trees of various species were planted in the park. The work was done by the Roland-Story FFA and the trees were donated from an Iowa DNR grant.

Most of the park improvements have come from donations and grants, including grants from the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals. The Britson Park Committee continues to fundraise to improve the park. On tap for 2015 is installation of the Memorial Bricks and walkway, a batting cage and flagpole installation.

A fundraiser for Britson Park will be held on Saturday, November 8. It is the Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk and will be held at the Roland Middle School at 9 a.m. The Roland Kiwanis is hosting a pancake feed in conjunction with the 5K, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Pancakes are free for the runners, and $5 for any walk up guests. To enter the Turkey Trot 5K, download the registration form at www.britsonpark.org.

—submitted by Roger Fritz