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The historic Maytag Park will be getting a makeover for the holiday season with the help of the City of Newton Park staff, Friends of Newton Parks and Clemon-Maki Insurance.
The 40-acre park, which was opened to the public by F.L. Maytag in 1935, will be the site of the newest light display in Central Iowa. The display is set to open on Dec. 1 and run through the New Year, according to Jamie Murphy, Assistant Superintendent of Park Operations.
To help get the display started Friends of Newton Parks pitched in $1,000 and the owners of Clemon-Maki Insurance stepped up to be the sole title sponsor of the inaugural year.
“The Maytag Park light display is a great opportunity to enhance the holidays for everyone in our community,” said Darin Eide, owner of Clemon-Maki Insurance. “We are very excited to team up with Jamie, the parks staff and Friends of Newton Parks to be a part of this new addition to Newton.”
Alex Modlin, an owner of Clemon-Maki Insurance, said he is excited to be a part of such an exciting new event and put some cheer back into the season.
“I want to see more Christmas in Christmas, and the lights will add to everyone’s holidays,” Modlin said. “And I’m excited to not have to drive out of town to enjoy something like this.”
Jeff Maki, an owner of Clemon-Maki Insurance, said he hopes the park display grows and becomes a tradition for families.
“I think this can really grow to be something special,” Maki said. “I still remember visiting the Newton Mall and seeing Santa’s workshop and display. And every year we are part of the efforts to light the Jasper County Courthouse. We hope the Maytag Park display can become a fond childhood memory and a tradition for families too.”
The display will start small focusing on a few areas of the park including the pool. Murphy plans to turn the pool into Santa’s workshop, have water made of lights cascading down the slides and a few other ideas. She also said she has plans for the Maytag Bowl, the park entry and West Shelter.
Individuals wanting to be part of helping make Maytag Park merry and bright can do so by sponsoring a sign that will be posted while the display is open. For details on making a donation visit Friends of Newton Parks Facebook page or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This project is one for the community and we hope people will see the value in supporting it,” said JessicaLowe Vokes, President of Friends of Newton Parks. “We, however, in no way want to compete or detract from the support of the Jasper County Courthouse display so we ask people to continue to support those efforts and if so inclined to also help out with the Maytag Park project.”