Thanks to Tri-State Paving, visitors of Thoreson Park in Estherville, Iowa can now fully enjoy the park’s amenities while avoiding muddy areas by utilizing a new, 915 foot asphalt trail. Located at the intersection of North 15th Street and 6th Avenue North, the 14 acre park is home to a large playground, bocce ball court, sand volleyball court, basketball court, park benches, picnic tables, three baseball and softball fields, and three shelter areas.

Tri-State donated both time and equipment to complete the first phase of the project. The remaining three phases, which may take several years to complete, are still under planning. With the help of Tri-State Paving, the City of Estherville only had to purchase material for the project, saving nearly $25,000.

The first stage of the trail, which consists of 314 tons of asphalt, covers from the parking lot near the Good Samaritan Center to the Pavilion, then travels west towards the west parking lot.

Phase two will connect fields one and two, while the third phase will complete the trail around the park. Phase four includes a trail which will encircle field three. There are also plans to improve accessibility by paving pads near the ball fields so that visitors who are handicapped may enjoy a convenient area to sit. The park’s renovation will also be accompanied by construction of a shelter and restrooms, as well as installation of a sign.