Paul Huting will be speaking on the Gates Park and Byrnes Park renovations! Our own Mark Kuiper will also be presenting.
Mark is a partner with RITLAND+KUIPER Landscape Architects and a long-time member of our Rotary Club. Mark obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor and Master of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University. He is a licensed landscape architect and an accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professional. Mark’s wife, Shonda, is a professor and chair of the statistics concentration at Grinnell College and they have two married sons.
Huting is the City of Waterloo Leisure Services Director, a graduate of Waterloo West High and Iowa State University, lifelong Waterloo resident and has been employed with the City of Waterloo 43 years.

Waterloo Leisure Services is planning to replace two outdated and failing swimming pools (at Gates Park and Byrnes Park) with approximately $9 million in improvements at each park.

Gates Park will have a new inclusive playground, splash park, amphitheater, basketball and rollerskating courts, renovated soccer field, new trail connections, parking and landscaping.

Byrnes Park will have a new swimming pool, waterslide, current channel, lap lanes, and large zero-entry play area. Over $12 million in private donations and grants have been secured for this project with fundraising still continuing.  Bids for Gates Park will be opened May 11 with Byrnes Park bids coming within a few weeks.

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