Beautiful parks do not happen by accident. They are formed through a vision of carefully laid out plans so they will last generations, and they are cared for, year after year, by those who love them. Reinbeck is blessed with a beautiful park system that benefits those of us who live here, and those who come to visit. Behind the beauty, however, is the continuing challenge of keeping the parks clean and tidy, and every spring we are faced with the monumental task of undoing what our Iowa winters leave behind.
There are broken branches all over the ground, trash blown into the ditches, last year's perennials to be trimmed back, and leaves...leaves in the fence lines, leaves under the shrub rows, and mounds and mounds of leaves to be swept out of the pool! You can only imagine the number of hours, days and weeks it would take for our lone part-time park employee to complete this work! It would be a task of overwhelming proportions. And therefore, every spring, the community is invited to join together for Reinbeck's Annual Clean the Park Day...and every spring, the community answers the call for help! This year we got much accomplished - the flower beds by the tennis courts and Legion Shelter were cleaned out and given a new bed of mulch, the leaves piled in the pool and in the pool and tennis court fence lines were swept, raked out and removed, trailer-loads of broken branches were loaded and taken to the burn pile and old railroad ties and gravel were replaced at Reinbeck Elementary. Several hard-working community members, and Jerry Widdel (our much-appreciated Park employee), deserve a huge thank-you for the hours they spent the morning of Good Friday laboring for the cause! The Gladbrook-Reinbeck CSD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, John Olson encouraged all of our awesome G-R Athletes to come out in force to get the job done. Caseys for donated several cases of water and five dozen donuts to energize our troops. Without all of the wonderful people who helped Clean the Park on Good Friday 2014, the job just wouldn't be done.
I hope every citizen of Reinbeck finds the time to visit our parks: take your dog for a stroll along the walking path around the athletic fields, play with your kids at Elmwood Park playground, swim at Elmwood pool, sit a while in the park on Main Street, and enjoy the new disc golf course and tranquility of Strohbehn Park. We have so much to be proud of!