Ingleside Club inspires community involvement

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Katherine Brown, Triangle Park project organizer, and Ingleside members, express their gratitude for the financial support and volunteer efforts from community members assisting with park renovations. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker 

The Ingleside Club Triangle Park renovation project is well underway. The civic-minded women's group was granted approval in August by the Guttenberg Park Board for the renovation project, located at the intersection of North River Park Drive and North First Street. 

The group also met with Amy Speed, Director of Marketing & Development Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics and appointed Director of Foundation of Cornerstone Communities; and Emily Yaddof, Community Vitality Director, in an effort to facilitate community connections and secure possible funding. 

Project update

Ingleside members have excavated plants to save for later placement, and city workers removed the existing sod. The sod will be replaced with compost to create a labor-saving, sustainable foundation this fall, weather permitting, or next spring. Edging and a gravel path were added, and tulip and daffodil bulbs planted, before buttoning up the project this fall.  

Community involvement

The landscaping project has inspired more than one community member to step forward and assist the ambitious women's group. Jane Staebler, Ingleside president, was pleased to report, "Laura and Tim Manson volunteered their time and leveled out the area at the work site." 

"I ordered edging from Keppler Landscaping to outline the gravel path, and Gary Moser, Bard Concrete, delivered the gravel," noted Katherine Brown, project organizer. "Tim Manson offered the use of his pickup truck to get the compost, but a scheduling issue on the business owners' end prevented that from happening. Tim, M.J. Smith, Ingleside member, and I all worked together to get most of the edging down. M.J. was a real trouper."

As the project progressed, more community members stepped forward.  "Wow! Today was another good day. We had an extra great volunteer, Dan Kuempel. He walked across the street from his house and said he had a few extra hours and asked if we could use some additional help! He stayed the rest of the day!" Brown reported to Ingleside members. "Dan, Joan Good, Tim Manson and I got all the tulips and daffodils planted using a three-foot bulb planter on loan from Lee Johnston." 

Julie and Jeff "Red" Parker and Dorothy and Robyn Tangeman, were instrumental in refurbishing and painting the shed. Brown commented, "The shed was in pretty rough shape. Dorothy, Julie and their husbands did an excellent job prepping the surface and painting the structure. Dorothy also repainted our sign." 

Brown continued, "Dan, his wife, Deena, and Tiane Tews, who recently moved to the neighborhood, helped spread gravel until dark! Dan also put the Ingleside sign on the side of the shelter." The group met the following morning to finish placing the edging, spreading the gravel, and covering the tulip and daffodil beds with a fine wire mesh to help avoid digging problems by smaller animals. They also edged and placed gravel around the sides and back of the mailboxes. 

Brown commented, "Triangle Park is pretty much put to sleep until spring with the exception of the compost, which is scheduled for delivery sometime in November, weather permitting. I can't wait for spring so we can get all the other plantings in the ground."

Jane Staebler shared, "I am so humbled and beyond excited for all the work our group and community members have accomplished. I drove by after church and just wanted to walk around the gravel path! It's going to be beautiful! It already is!"

Smith concluded, "I would like to thank everyone involved for having a vision and making it happen. This is how communities pull together to achieve great things."

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