Marceline, MO –
Now that the Independence Day Celebration is over, City personnel will begin
draining water from the park pond in Ripley Park, as the first step in the Park
Pond Renovation Project. This project, led by the Downtown Marceline
organization in partnership with the City, is being funded by a donation from
Marceline resident Don Reynolds in memory of his late wife,
of this project is to provide a long-lasting, beautiful pond that will be
enjoyed by residents and visitors for generations.
“The community has been good to Anneliese and me,” said Don Reynolds. “I
wanted to give back in her honor and feel our parks were good projects. She
enjoyed the beauty of being outdoors and exercising when she was able.”
This project will be scheduled in three phases to be completed next year.
Phase 1 of the project will start almost immediately and will focus on the pond
itself, to include replacement and relocation of the original 6” drain line
followed by 3 feet of muck being removed from the pond and replaced and packed
with clay. The Bartlett Pear trees along the backside will be removed for
eventual replacement and to allow access by equipment. The pond will be
reshaped from the current oval shape to more of a natural shape as shown in the
concept photo (upper right). A 2’ concrete wall, on top of a 3’ footing
will be capped by a natural appearing stone. After the pond has been
refilled, a tethered floating fountain with lights will be added to project
water 5’ high. This portion of the project will be contracted out to local
business owner, Adam Barnett of Barnett Construction and Concrete, LLC. and is
scheduled to be completed by the Toonfest 2015 event in September.
Phase 2 of the project will focus on the pond’s surrounding landscape.
Ornamental trees and shrubs will be planted where the Bartlett Pear trees once
stood highlighted by a colorful palette of perennials.
Phase 3 of the project will be the design and build of a beautiful, short
footbridge spanning the narrow point of the pond. This bridge will be ADA
compliant and provide park patrons an additional subject for pictures and scenic
"Downtown Marceline's goal in this project was to make E.P. Ripley Park the most
beautiful park in north Missouri,” said Darrell Gardner, Downtown Marceline
Member and pond renovation design contributor. “When completed the pond
area will be great for photographers, painters and those just wanting a place to
sit and relax. This will be a magnet for visitors to enjoy. With Don's gracious
donation this will all be possible."
This project is one of many listed in the City’s Ripley Park Master Plan
2015-2019, a product of collaboration between the Marceline Recreation & Parks
Board, Downtown Marceline, the Marceline Volunteer Fire Department and the City
of Marceline. The plan provides a flexible design concept for the future
planning of the growth, development and renovation of Ripley Park for the next 5
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Above: Concept design rendering of the
completed project. Below: A retaining wall, similar to the photo from a
park pond in Boston, MA and a lighted fountain (Google image) will enhance the
appearance of Ripley Park.