West Union Recreation Complex: Built by the Town
WEST UNION, Iowa – The West Union park has five ball diamonds, tennis courts, a paved walking trail, two stocked ponds and several playgrounds over 40 acres of land that used to be a bean field only 15 years ago. It was all started by Bruce Crandall, who purchased the land with an original goal of a fitness center.
"Probably everybody thought we were crazy when we first started this in regards to taking 40 acres of bean field and turn it into a park," said park volunteer Norm Einck.
The park was built and maintained completely from donations and volunteers, except for a 50,000 dollar Vision Iowa Grant. According to Einck, the area raised over 3 million dollars to build the park.
Today, Crandall says he thinks very few people actually know that it is not a city park.
Some days, it's hard to find a parking spot at the park because it is so busy. Einck says that's because the location of the playgrounds next to the ball diamonds make it a perfect place for families to bring kids of all ages. The younger kids can play while the older ones are playing ball games.
Future plans for the recreation complex include an indoor swimming pool, as well as the fitness center.