THE IRON “BEARD” on Mr. Frog at the splash pad is gone as an employee from SparkleWash cleans the pad Monday afternoon. The cleaning is meant to remove iron stains.   Ian Stepleton photo
THE IRON “BEARD” on Mr. Frog at the splash pad is gone as an employee from SparkleWash cleans the pad Monday afternoon. The cleaning is meant to remove iron stains. Ian Stepleton photo

     AT SOME POINT WE’RE all just going to have to agree that summer is here, regardless of the weather.

     If we can’t enjoy warmer yards consistently, at least we can work on warmer thoughts, right? ...

     To offer a little help on that front, I contacted a few local officials to help prepare:

Splash pad update

     Nothing in Ripon says “fun in the sun” for little kids like the Riggs County Park Splash Pad.

     But what exactly came of all that work the county was doing at the pad to eliminate the iron issue there this spring?

     County parks director Sam Tobias offered some good news on that front. ...

Trail mix

     Meanwhile, the Northwestern Trail will be out of commission for a while at its far western edge.

     The bridge over a creek near County Road FF is scheduled for replacement. ...

Festival season

     Want a little fun closer to town?

     Try Riponfest 2.0, as it’s being called. This will be the first time in a decade that such an event has been attempted. ...

     To read the entire column, see the May 23, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.