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Tama Council endorses sprucing up of Lincoln Highway Bridge Park

May 13, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Jeannie Sieck and Coleen Davis told of plans of a group of community volunteers to tidy up and make improvements to the Lincoln Highway Bridge Park on Tama's east side at 5th Street and Business Route 30.

Tama Council members agreed the work had merit and gave their stamp of approval on a 5-0 vote Monday night, May 5. They noted the plan would need Iowa Department of Transportation approval as well because the park is state property.

Among the plans are erection of a flag pole and display of a large, engraved rock measuring 48 in. x 52 in. on the site.

A ceremony with a flag raising to kick-off the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival is in the works for Friday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m. A special guest portraying Abraham Lincoln is expected for the ceremony Sieck said.

Sieck said among work expected to be done is relocating shrubs from in front of the Lincoln Highway Bridge historical monument and general clean up including clearing of brush.

A "Friendship Garden" is planned which would feature perennials, Davis said.

There was discussion on the location of the flag pole with the volunteer group favoring a location on the east side and city officials on the south east corner.



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