(KIMBALLTON) Jill Madsen, chair of the Little Mermaid Trail Committee, announced a grant of $38,000 from the Iowa West Foundation was recently awarded for the Kimballton City Park portion of the project. Late last fall Kimballton city employees and volunteers disassembled and hauled away old playground equipment to make room for new equipment that’s been ordered and scheduled to be installed in the spring of 2013.
The park improvements also call for construction of a new public restroom and an entirely new addition to the park will include sculptures of Hans Christian Andersen’s characters mounted on pedestals containing speakers where visitors will be able to listen to the famous tales. Troy Muller, Art Director of Century Art Guild in Kimballton has been contracted to create the bronze sculptures.
The Danish Villages of Elk Horn/Kimballton were designated as an Iowa “Great Place” in 2010 and since that time has completed the first leg of the Little Mermaid Trail running .6 of mile west of The Danish Immigrant Museum. This second project was recently awarded $111,410 from the Great Places program for the Kimballton Park. To help raise funds to complete this project the committee is offering sponsorships of the bronze statues. A $1,000 donation will get your name on one of the statues that will be erected.
If you would like to contribute to the project, contact Jill Madsen at 712-764-6161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.