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8/31/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Aquatic center castle soon to be replaced with new structure

By Kate Howes
Staff writer

The castle at the DeWitt Aquatic Center - a favorite among little swimmers - is about to be demolished and replaced with a brand-new castle and beach-themed structure that will be ready for young visitors to enjoy for the 2014 swim season.

Members of the city's public works department will begin dismantling the castle Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Parks and recreation director Kevin Lake says after several years of children playing on it, it was time for the current castle to be taken down. He believes the new castle will be an improvement and youngsters will enjoy it just as much.

Representatives of National Rock and Sculpture, Inc., who will erect the new structure, estimate installation will take approximately three weeks.

At their meeting Monday night, members of the DeWitt Parks and Recreation commission discussed current membership at the fitness center, which is at 852. Lake said this number will increase once people who have signed up for 9-month memberships start coming back in September.

The board also revisited the issue of having a campground at Westbrook Park. Lake says things are moving forward and they are working with IIW to conduct a study of the suggested area.

However, Lake says they will have to budget for the money needed to conduct the study and it will have to be approved by the city council.

'Tunes in Town' deemed a success

Tuesday, Aug. 27, marked the very last "Tunes in Town" event for the summer, and Lake says he and the event coordinator Jerry Jackson agree the concept was well-received by area residents.

"It was the first year for it and it was a great success," Lake notes. "We put a lot of people in the park and provided some commerce to local businesses."

Jackson plans to bring back Tunes in Town next summer, and hopes to add to the entertainment by providing other attractions such as car and tractor shows.

In other business, the board discussed the results of the baseball/softball survey that recently was mailed to players' parents.

Lake says only 47 people responded and the majority are satisfied with how the programs are being run.

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