A number of people gathered on Saturday to celebrate 25 years summer fun at the The Beach waterpark in Ottumwa. Gene Rathje, Ottumwa parks director and The Beach manager, said the facility has improved the quality of life in Ottumwa. Rathje said the park not only is a fun place for kids, it also helps keep them out of trouble; he also noted that people come to enjoy the water park from all the country, which provides Ottumwa’s economy with a much-needed shot in the arm. The $4 million park opened in 1992; it recently completed Phase I of a big renovation project; work on Phase II is set to begin in September.
Fine art is paying Oskaloosa a visit in the form of a sculpture tour – on Friday Fine Arts and Cultural Events (FACE) of Mahaska County unveiled the 2017 Oskaloosa Sculpture Tour. The sculpture tour will include 13 sculptures placed throughout the city where they will stay until May 2018 when they will be replaced. The mission of FACE is to provide exceptional art education and make art accessible and exciting to the community.