Rotary trail shelter

Alan Fender (Rotary), Amber Coffey (Rotary), Rotary President Eric Christensen, MCRF Board President John Pothoven, Carl Drost (MCRF) and Joe Crookham (MCRF) show the paved parking area at the shelter house along A Avenue West.

OSKALOOSA —The trailhead shelter near Gateway Drive has a newly paved, graded and seeded parking area, thanks to the efforts of community members and organizations, including Oskaloosa Rotary, Musco and Carl Drost.

The Oskaloosa Rotary Club began a project in 2011 to enhance the work of the Mahaska County Recreation Foundation and the trail system. According to a news release, the goal was to create the trailhead shelter.

The land the shelter sits upon was donated by the Nazarene Church. According to the news release, Carl Drost spent hours clearing trees, grading and preparing the site for a trail extension and parking area. Volunteers from Musco and the Rotary Club constructed the shelter, benches and a bike rack.

Funding for the project came from a variety of sources, according to the news release, including the George Daily Trust, the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, the Oskaloosa Rotary club and various individuals.

The long-term goal of the Rotary Club was to pave the entire driveway coming off A Avenue West into the parking area. According to the news release, Drost, Musco and the Rotary club again stepped up volunteer efforts to see the project to near-completion. The final step will be creating signage identifying the trailhead in the near future.

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