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Work Getting Underway on Shelly Park Redevelopment Project

Work is getting underway on the Shelly Park redevelopment project in Manchester.

The large old hollowed cottonwood tree has already been removed – and with the City Council approving a contract on Monday night, City Manager Tim Vick says residents will notice work really getting started within the next week or two. The City is working with Eastern Iowa Excavating on the project.

Shelly Park sits downtown on the east side of the Whitewater Park next to the Marion Street Bridge. It’s known for its gazebo, which overlooks the Maquoketa River. But over the past several years, its retaining walls are crumbling and its staircase is separating – and the City feels the space could be better utilized. The park will be getting rid of the old retaining walls and adding new walkways, a circular grassy area, more seating and a gathering spot with shaded picnic tables. And – due to elevation and space issues – the old gazebo that’s currently there will be removed by the end of next week. 

MR Construction removing and relocating the gazebo for just under $11,000.  The City received a COVID-19 grant to help pay for the majority of the $281,000 project. 

Most of the work at Shelly Park is expected to be done by May 15th, with the entire project wrapped up by early summer.

photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH

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