Letter to the editor — August 25, 2018

Dear editor:

Partnerships in our community and county involving service clubs — volunteers — private groups and public bodies have a long history and are one of the great aspects of living in Iola and Allen County.

Recently in the paper the sports stadium improvements at Riverside Park in Iola were in the spotlight. Kudos to Donna Houser her donors, volunteers, USD 257 staff and administrators for all the hard work and generosity in the stadium restoration. Riverside Park is a wonderful example of the partnerships we celebrate — given as a gift to the City of Iola by private sector men and women over a hundred years ago. It’s a wonderful park with picnic and playground space, six baseball diamonds, skateboard park, swimming pool and meeting venues. Some space there is used by USD 257 for many of its athletic events; by the Allen County Fair Board for annual events; by Columbia Metal as a manufacturing facility (Iola’s oldest industry,) facilitated by Iola Industries (III) which leases the old armory at the park to Columbia.

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