Jeannie Sieck reported for a group of community volunteers to the council on upcoming plans for August at the Lincoln Highway Bridge Park on the city's east side to the Tama City Council on Monday night, June 16.
On Aug 7-9 the group plans to take part in the Lincoln Highways-Byways Garage Sales event which stretches across Iowa and other parts of the U.S. along the Lincoln Highway route.
They will set up sales in the park area located on East 5th Street (the original Lincoln Highway) at Business Highway 30.
Some of the members of the clean up and spruce up crew for the Lincoln Highway Bridge Park.
News-Herald photos/John Speer
On Aug. 9 a picnic is planned complete with music and games for young and old at the park, Sieck said.
The community volunteers took an active role in cleaning up the park prior to the May Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival. They installed a new flag pole, planted flowers and organized a program featuring Lance V. Mack portraying Abraham Lincoln.
Jeannie Sieck also submitted this update for the park to The News-Herald:
By Jeannie Sieck
We took an idea, put it into action and renewed the Memorial Lincoln Highway Bridge Park, East of Tama where Highway 30 and 5th street meet. With the help of the T & T Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Tama & Toledo, business and individuals, the Memorial Park's beautification has begun.
A cleanup crew, led by Colleen Davis, removed sod, planted flowers and, carried buckets of water, from Mud Creek, to the Friendship Garden, designed by Dana Hanson. With the help of Wayne Gibson, donated plants and flowers were placed in the Friendship garden on each side of the Memorial. Beautiful red Knock-out Rose bushes, donated by Karla Wessels and Marlene Werner, and donated Yellow Daylilies and Hostas from Marilyn Svoboda, Wayne Gibson, and Jeannie Sieck, were set in the Friendship Garden, Annual plants from Alma Peters, Heather and Kat Kinkade, and South Tama FFA students, Tyler Quiqley, Tanner Boldt, and Houston Plowman, brighten the garden. Mulch, some donated by Ace Hardware, was laid in the garden adding a clean finish. During this work day, Jimmy, from King Tower donated our lunch, Mildred Mochal of Toledo, baked us brownies and Tom Schamweber gave us a case of bottled water. It was yummy and greatly appreciated thanks.
Heavy equipment, of Luke Squiers, hauled the donated large rock from Nancy Haines home, East of Toledo and placed it in its new home at the Park. Lorna Perkins drew the design for the rock and Troy Collingwood of Marengo, engraved it. Howard Manos and Gary Sieck cemented in the donated flag pole. The stone rock edging, donated by Allen Dalzeil of Cedar Rapids, was placed by Darrel Blocker and Don and Dana Hanson, around the rock and flag pole. From the Tama city black dirt pile, Allan Richards, Don and Dana Hanson, and Kirby Thiessen, loaded, hauled, and dumped the dirt into the area by the rock. Red, white, and blue Wave petunias, from Norton's Greenhouse, were planted by the flag pole and rock. The rock needed to be tilted up some more so, Bruce and Allen Richards, Gary Sieck and Don Hanson using lever bars and heavy wood blocks, got it raised and Dana Hanson slid stone edging under it to hold it in place.
We were on a tight schedule, and we knew we had only a few days left before the Kick Off event for the Lincoln Highway Festival started.
After sprucing up the park, Allan Richards's stage was set up and Orley Davis and Karla Wessels, thumb tacked a skirt around it and Jeannie Sieck's beautiful red geranium plants, from Tama Florist, were set on the ground in front of the stage. Cathy Campbell Currier's sound system was set up and we were ready to go.
Friday May 16th at 4:30pm, M.C., Byron Witt, kicked off the event by welcoming folks, talking about the Tama Lincoln Highway Celebration, inviting folks to join the activities that were going on in downtown Tama. He introduced Allan Richards, who talked about the History of the Lincoln Highway and what future memorials will be placed in the park. Byron introduced our guest speaker, Lance Mack, of Marion, an impersonator of our 16th President Abraham Lincoln, who spoke to us about the history of the past and how President Lincoln led our Nation thru a very difficult time and how it is still reflecting on what is happening in today's world.
Lance [Lincoln] recited the Gettysburg Address leaving folks with a reminder of the past and that this Nation is for the people and by the people. Our attending veterans were humbled and hung their heads in prayer, for our men and women still in combat, fighting today for our freedom. To begin the Flag Ceremony, Lance [Lincoln], 'ordered up' the flag to the Tama American Legion Post 73. Lead by Commander Dave Baier, the Officers and members, Ron Betz of Tama, Dan Anderson of Tama, Darrell Brower of Tama, and Mack Chyma of Tama proceeded with the ceremonial flag ritual. The Pledge of Allegiance led by Lance [Lincoln] and M.C. Byron Witt was spoken by all to close the ceremony.
Thanks to each and every one of you that attended this memorial event. You helped make it a success, and thanks to everyone for the donations, you made it happen
And to all the volunteers that gave time to build this project and to renew the beauty of the Lincoln Highway Bridge Park. Thanks, we did it together! Thank to John Speer of the Tama Newspaper, for taking photos and putting articles in the paper.
We do have a ways to go maintaining the Park, repairing the Historical Lincoln Highway Bridge, getting the Taylor Drive road fixed, adding more parking places for up coming events and getting a load limit for the bridge. We are planning a fundraising event for August and inviting all community groups, individuals, Colleges and schools community action groups, and business, to join us for the National Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale. Look for more information in the up coming weeks as the news reaches us.
We do have a bank account at the State Bank of Toledo, Lincoln Highway Bridge Park Memorial Fund, for those interested in donating, as we are a non-profit organization.
Thank to our readers, I'll get more news to you soon. Please tell your friends, family and neighbors about us and our need for volunteers and donations. Thanks.