By Steve Woodhouse
Pella — Business is picking up for the Pella Parks and Recreation Department, as it makes the transition from pushing snow to preparing to mow.
Parks Supervisor Chandler Nunnikhoven and his crew have been busy lately interviewing summer seasonal employees. When not pushing snow this winter, the department has been busy maintaining equipment and constructing visual aids for this summer's flower theme of "Garden Creatures."
The fish that adorned Central Park last year were sold. Most of the money made from that sale was used to pay for this year's creations. Each creature takes months to create.
In the coming weeks, as temperatures begin to hover above freezing more often, the department will install new playground equipment at Fountain Hills. They will also turn on the windmills, fill the canal and prepare soccer fields for the season.
All of the preparation the department can do for the season, regarding the plants, has been done. The rest is up to Mother Nature.
"We need some warmer temperatures now," Nunnikhoven. He is hopeful that more frost will soon come out of the ground. Warmer weather is needed to help the tulips, which have been in the ground, preparing to bloom, since last fall.
Next week, the department intends to power wash the City's garage in the Mulengracht. Mowers are being tested to ensure that they will work when the time arrives this spring.
"This week is really knd of the start of things," Nunnikhoven said. "We're starting to get outside."