Downtown Tama improvement committee meets

These ladies spent Sunday afternoon weeding, trimming, adding Preen, and adding mulch to the planters in downtown Tama. This is the first activity of the downtown committee to improve the appearance of downtown Tama. Pictured, from left: Anne Michael, Sharon Brezina, Lori Kalinay, Sandy Russell, Sue Hughes and Barb Steveson. Also, participating but not pictured were Charlie Betz, Rhonda Shaw, Bev Timm, and Bev’s granddaughter Mila. Photo by Charlie Betz

A group of of local citizens met April 10 at the Tama Civic Center to discuss what could be done to improve the appearance of downtown Tama. There were a number of ideas.

Two of the most immediate projects were taking care of the planters on 3rd and 4th Streets and improving their appearance.

The second project was the pocket park to be located on the empty lot between the old Tama clinic and Willett & Rathjen law office.

This park will include benches, a small stage, a walkway and a tree. The group discussed what other things could be added to make the park attractive. It could be the scene of musical performances and outdoor movie showing.

Other project ideas had to do with cost and maintenance of some projects. The group would like to see more flowers either from hanging pots or from standing pots. They would like to see more summer activities and events for children like simple games like beanbag throws and spoon and egg races. Music could be provided by local talent. They discussed the possibility of local groups providing refreshments.

The group made note of sources to fund these improvements. It was generally agreed that many people prefer contributing money rather than time. Also, it was noted that there are several resources that can be used to assist in maintenance as well as several people and groups with artistic talent that could add to the projects.

The Mansfield Trust has provided a grant for the pocket park and the city of Tama will provide materials needed for the current planters.

The group will next meet at 1 p.m. April 17 at the Tama Civic Center to begin work on the planters project.

All members of the community who have an interest in improving the appearance of downtown Tama are welcome to help and welcome to join the group.