After comments were reviewed from a previous community-wide survey, Manning’s leaders recognized that many of the residents were looking for additional outdoor recreational facilities. This time, they were saying they wanted to see something more geared towards adults. Board President of Main Street Manning, Ron Reischl, said local government entities and betterment organizations put their heads together and the idea for Milwaukee Trestle Park on the north end of town was born. The historic trestle is located near the previous Manning Ag Center, which Reischl said needed to be excavated to fulfill their vision.
That initial phase is to include a sand volleyball court and their first piece of outdoor exercise equipment. Reischl said they are looking at pieces that can be used by adults and youngsters alike, as well as handicapped individuals.
Next winter, the goal is to build a sculpture of the word IOWA that will serve as a park entrance. Preliminary plans for the park called for the preservation of one of the buildings at the site that could be renovated for use as a shelter house with modern restrooms. Reischl said demolition revealed that plan needed to be adapted.
New park designs incorporate a shelter area and restrooms in the style of an old train depot that will complement the history of the area. The park is slated for completion by the end of 2017, however, there is an expectation that more construction and the addition of amenities will continue well into the future.