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City begins taking shelter reservations Monday
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MONROE - The Monroe Parks and Recreation Department will begin taking shelter and community center reservations for the 2010 year on Monday, Jan. 4.

The doors to the Park and Recreation Department will open at 6 a.m. to allow people to get out of the cold. When entering the office, people will need to take a number. Park and Recreation Department staff members will begin taking reservations at 7:30 a.m.

Shelters are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Any businesses wishing to hold their company picnic at one of the parks are encouraged to come in and make their reservations on Jan. 4 or soon thereafter. Phone reservations will not be permitted.

To determine if groups need a special event permit, the groups will be asked the following questions on their reservation form: Will you have more than 300 people in attendance? Will you bring in outside attractions (i.e. dunk tank, inflatables, etc.)? Are you going to pitch a canopy tent? Is your event open to the general public? Will you be charging admission, collection donations, or selling anything?

If you answer yes, to any of the above, you will need to see the city clerk that day to obtain a special event permit. The city clerk will determine if a special event permit is needed after you complete the necessary paperwork.

The cost to rent a shelter is $45/weekday, $45 for weekend w/o restrooms, $50 for weekend with restrooms, which includes a beer permit if needed. For parties over 300 people, the cost is $60, which also includes a beer permit if needed. Payments are to be made within one working day after you make the reservation.

If you are going to have any type of music or using a public address system, you will need to obtain a PA permit from the city clerk or deputy clerk. The cost of the PA permit is $10 per day.

The shelters available are:

• Recreation Park is a 12 acre park located at 1700 22nd Ave. The park has a 50-meter heated pool with a 1,963-square-foot wading pool with a zero depth entrance that contains different water features including an arch water jet, a twist and turn fountain, shower tunnel and a duck slide. In addition to the wading pool, there is a 143-foot-water slide and plunge pool. Other park facilities include a lighted ball diamond, four tennis courts, a tennis practice board, two horseshoe pits and the Swiss A.L.P.S. Playground.

There are two shelter houses in Recreation Park. The North Shelter House is located near the Swiss A.L.P.S. Cheeseland Playground. This shelter house seats 114 people has five 20 amp receptacles, grill, drinking fountain located near the shelter, water spigot and bathroom facilities. Recreation South is located close to Lake Francis and has seating for 100. It has four 20 amp receptacles, fireplace, grill, drinking fountain and a water spigot near the shelter. Restroom facilities are located at the North Shelter House or at the swimming pool bathhouse located in the park.

• Northeast Park is a 6-acre park located at 2700 5th St. The recreational facilities include a lighted softball/baseball diamond, three lighted tennis courts, a volleyball area and a playground area.

The shelter seats 96 people, has two 20 amp receptacles, drinking fountain, a water spigot, grill and restrooms.

• Twining Park is located at 425 14th Ave. and is the largest park within the city of Monroe. This 46-acre park is located beside 14th Avenue. It offers a variety of recreational facilities for everyone to enjoy. A Swiss-style bandshell offers band concerts and activities throughout the summer. There are two lighted softball diamonds, four lighted sand volleyball courts, four horseshoe pits, two tennis courts, two half-court basketball areas, a paved walkway, two playground equipment areas and a winding creek throughout the park.

There are three shelter houses located in Twining Park. Twining North is located near the exit of the park (near the YMCA). This shelter will seat 208 people, has four 20 amp receptacles, drinking fountain, three grills, a separate restroom building near the shelter which has two 20 amp receptacles, a drinking fountain and a water spigot.

Twining South is located closest to the ball diamonds and small playground area. This shelter seats 80 people and has four 20 amp receptacles, two fireplaces, a drinking fountain, water spigot and restrooms.

Twining West (the Bruni Shelter) is located closest to the sand volleyball courts. This shelter seats 72 people, has one 20 amp receptacle, one grill, a drinking fountain and a water spigot located outside the shelter.

• Honeycreek Park is located at 1000 4th Ave. West. This is a 24-acre park which offers a quiet, natural setting. The park features three large prairie acres, three mini-rest shelters, a baseball backstop, a practice field area, two playground structures, soccer fields, skate park and a shelter.

The prairie has trails for walking enjoyment and informational signs explaining the different plants located throughout the prairies. The shelter seats 114 people, has two 20 amp receptacles, drinking fountain, water spigot, grill and restrooms.

• Lincoln Park is a 1.5-acre park located in the central portion of Monroe at 1900 15th Ave. This park has a variety of playground equipment, a backstop, practice field area, a restroom facility and shelter house. The shelter seats 114 people, has two 20 amp receptacles, a grill, drinking fountain and water spigot which are located at the restroom facility.

• Sunset West Park is a new park, located at 401 3rd Ave., which covers 1.63 acres. This park is for small groups of 36 or less people and does not have restroom facilities. The cost to reserve this shelter is $25/weekday or weekend.

• The Community Center located at 1110 18th Ave. (basement of Monroe City Hall) can also be rented for $60 for parties, family gatherings, reunions, etc. The Community Center offers a large hall and kitchen with a stove, microwave and refrigerator. There are 12 6-foot tables and 100 chairs that may be used.

• The Swiss-style Bandshell at Twining Park (425 14th Ave.) is used every Monday night in the summer for City Band practices and concerts. Ample seating is available in the natural amphitheater setting. The Bandshell can be rented for $80 for banquets, weddings, variety shows and other events.

• The pool can be rented on Saturdays or Sundays from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for birthday parties, reunions or work events. The cost includes lifeguards, if you have a group of 1-25 people the cost is $60; 26-74 people is $80; and 75 or more people is $100.