MAQUOKETA, Iowa — A new design for Little Bear Park will be revealed Thursday at a community meeting.

Leathers and Associates will present the new design for the Second Ward Park structure next to Briggs Elementary School at 6 p.m. at Briggs Elementary School.

Students from each of the city’s three elementary schools will work with the designer Thursday morning, sharing their dreams for a new play structure. It’s the same method Leathers used to design the current playground in 1990.

Those who participated in the first park’s creation will be included in the short ceremony.

Signup sheets will be available for volunteers. This summer, volunteers will assist the designers in building the park.

The estimated cost of the new structure is $225,000. The city of Maquoketa and the Maquoketa School District each have pledged $75,000. Several plans are in the works for fundraising for the remaining $75,000. Committee members said they would like to raise enough money to start an endowment fund for all city parks.

Organizers hope to have the park built this summer.

The original park was made of treated wood. Leathers contractors said the park needs to be replaced because of the rotting wood and part of the structure is sinking. The new structure will be made of a plastic composite, which is expected to last 30 to 40 years.

City Manager Brian Wagner said the designers plan to keep the Little Bear Park name, but the theme and design will likely be different.

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