Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on March 3, 1976 · Page 28
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 28

Nampa, Idaho
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Wednesday, March 3, 1976
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Thelctoho Free Press {.The News.Tribum. Wednesday. March 3,1976- C-2 ·fi^f^SN^^^f'Smfl^m'^ammm^"^ *--j^ T1IK 1.ATKST IWHOVEMKST at the .Marsinfi Island I'ark is the completion of cement retaining « alls along the slopes of Ihp Marsing side of the Mnrsing bridge nppronrh iy (lie lilalin Department of Illgliwiivs. Tin- imijcol w a s instigated by the Nursing Hicontcnninl Cntiiinitler. iPliotiH'ourti-M OuUirrCliriniii-ln Marsing Island Park began with boat dock llvTwilaMi-tiralh MARHINC - The present Marsing Island Park was just another island in the Snake River hack in the laic 1950s. In 1959 Julio Churruta served as chairman of the Marsing W a t e r w a y s Commission and suggested and promoted Ihe idea of making a park on the island The September 24. 1959. issue of the Owyhec Nugget reported: "JulioChurruca. board member of the Mjr'sing W a t e r w a y s , reports that plans arc being made to construct a boai dock and parking area on the island liulon Ihe Marsing bridge. "A five-fool culvert, eight feel long -his". Vicoi) purchased Ib extend the present culvert now- going beneath the bridge between Ihe island and mainland. The extension will be made on the up-river side, a fill will be made and a road made so cars may lake boats down to thv water's edge on the island." The federal government, owners of Ihe island, gave permission to the Marsing Waterways to use Hie island. This was a community project. The culvert, which cost $165 was purchased by the .Marsing Waterways and Ihe Marsing Rural Fire Department. The Slate Highway Department gave permission for Ihe fill and road. Later. Churruca promoted a "Marsing Island Park Day." ,i( which John Wright donated the use of caterpillar to level the island for Ih'.' first time. Since then community action has continually developed the park with everyone t a k i n g great pride in its development. At the time the Marsing Chamber of Commerce became interested in the park. Dave Hakan was named to a two- member park committee. He spearheaded a chamber of commerce drive for cons t r u c t i o n of Marsing Island Park. A "Park In a Day" effort was held John Wright donaled land leveling equipment. Norsedco. Inc. donated grass seed. Uusinessmen and farmers alike turned out w i t h all Ihe equipment they could muster There were many loads of fertilizer hauled, grass was planted, fences were liuilt and by the end of the day ihe park had laken its first real shape. Thai was not the end of improvements A sprinkler system and pump wero needed for the new grass. Many cash donations were received for ihe project, but at final count funds were still short by S75. According to Hie Owyhee Nugget. "All was not lost, as Ralph Bowman spoke up and said 'I'll pay it!' " Later on it was decided a vapor light was needed and Ray Herman volunteered to purchase it. One improvement led to another. A boat dock and ramp were needed. Again Dave Hakan. in his position on Ihe W a t e r w a y s board, secured funds through that source to provide the needed facilities. In 1965 Ihe Marsing Job Corps Center had noon established and as one of their first work projects they began improvement of the Island Park under the supervision o( the Center Director Jcrmone Kovis and his work supervisors. On Saturday. September 12. 1070. the Marsing Chamber of Commerce held a ceremony I III- Job I . I U J J , v i m n ..,,.- thanki-d for construction work worth SKHi.nOO on Ihe island. The appraised value at that lime was S107.BOO and included the follow inj; ilic approach road, culvert, access road, land fill and primary water line. S1H.4UO. sewer and w a t e r system. SH.luO. electrical distribution. £4.501). campsites. SI.500. general purpose building. SJo.W: irrigation system. 59.Kin. narking lot. S.1.20H. comfort station. S12.7tn): road gravel surfacing. Sfi.130. and campsites. Sfl.T.iO. Dignitaries that attended Ilio ceremony w e r e .lames Tobin. of .Ihc Department of Labor, finise: Harold T. Nelson, , regional director in' linreati of Reclamation, under which the Job Corps Center is administered. Local people on the program were Bob Binson. presidi'iil of the Marsing Chamber ol Commerce. Gene Showaller. president of Ihe Hud and dun Club: Mayor Charles F.ilea.iml Jerome Kovis. direclor of the Job Corps Center. Mayor Falen presented the Job Corps Center a plaque, with an inscription of appreciation for Ihe center's work on Ihe island. A corpsman accepted it. Remarks concerning Ihe beauty and utility of the park w e r e made by Orval (I. lladley. I' S. Land Office manager. Karl Brooks, manager of the Deer Klat Kefuge: Paul Harr. district conservation officer. Wilhelm M Bcckert. Idaho Stale Parks director and William Sachl. district engineer of the Idaho Slale Highwav Department After Ihe ceremonies chamber of commerce members and their wives anil dignitaries wore invited to attend Ihe noon meal a! Ine Job Corps Center's dining hall. The next important event was Friday. October 27. 1972. when the c i t \ of Marsing was recipient at a formal presen- "Marsing Island Park" from the federal government. Mayor Charles Kalcn accepted the lille from Mary T Brooks, director of ihr I'.S Mnn. lii.pi. of Hie Treasury. She represented President Richaid Nixon. The evoiil Inok place at the United Stales Assay dldce in Hoise. The p;irk is a pujmlar place from early spring lo lale (all w i t h picnics, people fishing and iusl relaxing The Hi overnight camp pads are used by people slaying one night lo a week or I wo The pads have water, cledricily and sewer bnok-ups. The Marsing Lions Club lias addc'd some playground equipment and trash barrels. Kiu-h Christmas Ihc upstream side of the park is decorated w i t h colored lighls around Ihe lawn area, with a nativity scene ;al.l|iq.J)iis.v;of the vapor light pule' There'Sm- several strings ol white lights hung from the lop "I Ihe pole and spread mil lo a uidi'iimgle al Ihe base so that at night n looks like a lighted tree. 1 he t.Uesl improvement is Ihe cnmpleiiini by Ihe Idaho Stale Highway Den:, this lull of Ihe construction ol cement retaining w.'ills ;]|IMIB the slopes il Ihe Mar.sine side ul the bridge approach The center o[ each side »;!.· Iff! npen and the highway denl i-rew planted evergreen shrubs, oilier shrubs snd small trees w i t h kirk chips covering Ihe ground This prnjecl was i n s t i g a t e d by Ihc Marsing Bicentennial Cummittci'. The along the base of ihe upriver side ujiprnuch was oiled lo heneath Ihe bridge The cost of Ihc projecl was app r o x i m a t e l y Ci'inenl work was done by Ihc A and .1 Conslrwlion i:f Hmnedaie. The Bicentennial {'ommitlee has fuvlhiT plans for improvement of (lie Island Park and a new city p;irk b Hie c i t y hall. Kunds from the waterways Commission o! Jl.uoo will be used for dredging oul the channel of ihe upstream side b e t w e e n DH- island ami mainland Then a boal rump ar.d boa! mooring will be c o n - structed Plans, lo widen Ihi' present boat ramp are included along w i t h installing fireplaces and picnic tables To c.implete the projecl. more trees will be planted. THE BON sport the right cap! Whatever your sport - fjoll. tennis, or boalmy - you'll look ,'jreai m a snappy cnllon visor or brimmed clodin in summer prints and solids. 4.00 to 9.00 |1 ' KARCHERMALL-NAMPA THE ALL-PURPOSE SHOE ONLY $599 · Quality all Purpose Shoe, great lor Little League. · Choose from Black with white sltipc or while with hlack stripe. · Sizes-Children's i Io6 · Cleated sole lor extra traction. Get Yours While Quantities Last! 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