City celebrates phase one of Young's Park

Photo by Emily Hawk/Knoxville Journal-ExpressKnoxville Iowa Parks and Recreation Director Brandon Nemmers cuts the ribbon to celebrate the completion of phase one of Young's Park.

The City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation and the Chamber of Commerce celebrated the completion of phase one at Young’s Park on Thursday.

The project's first phase included the construction of a skate park, a 23-foot rope climber and a shelter area on the south side of the park. Parks and Recreation Director Brandon Nemmers stated the next phase will be on the north side, and the city plans to add a splash pad, an additional restroom shelter area, additional parking, a potential park and ball field improvements.

“Hopefully in the next year or two we can take care of that, which will complete the plans we have for the north and south areas,” said Nemmers. “That way, we can focus on some other areas.”

The project began in April of last year, and Nemmers is excited to complete the finishing touches to the park.

The chamber partnered with Hy-Vee and KNIA-KRLS Radio to provide food and music to celebrate the completion. The chamber also hosted its first Out to Lunch, an initiative to encourage employees to utilize their lunch break and spend time outside.