LCCD kick starts new playground at Chatfield Park

BY ELIZABETH MEYER

MONTROSE — The Lee County Conservation Board on Tuesday agreed to contribute funds to help build a new playground at Chatfield Park in rural Keokuk.

The board voted unanimously to match funds raised by the Three Rivers Conservation Foundation up to $35,000. Conservation Director Nathan Unsworth estimated the total cost of the playground project to be $70,000. The foundation expects to begin soliciting donations for the playground in Fiscal Year 2022, Unsworth said.

Constructing new playgrounds — known as the Places to Play project — at county parks has been a priority for the foundation and conservation board. A roughly $100,000 playground recently was completed at Pollmiller Park in West Point. Plans are also in the works to put a playground at Wilson Lake in Donnellson.

“We put a lot of money into Pollmiller because that is our most popular and the busiest park that we have,” Unsworth said, noting that the playgrounds at Chatfield Park and Wilson Lake will be smaller than the structure at Pollmiller Park.

Like the Pollmiller Park playground, funds for the projects at Chatfield Park and Wilson Lake come from the conservation trust fund, which fills its coffer with revenue generated by the conservation department.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the conservation board agreed to continue discussions and planning for a disc golf course at Pollmiller Park. Board members acknowledged that the disc golf courses at Rodeo Park in Fort Madison and Rand Park in Keokuk are popular with area residents.

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