City hires Whipple as full-time Parks and Recreation director


After several years without one, the Eagle Grove City Council has decided to put a full-time Parks and Rec director back on the payroll. Filling that position is 2005 Eagle Grove High School graduate Zach Whipple.

“We want to give the Parks and Rec Board kudos for being there and keeping things going, but we needed someone to be in charge on a regular basis... knowing there was continuity in the job that was being done,” said Eagle Grove Mayor, Sandy McGrath. “We lost that when we didn’t have a full-time director.”

Whipple is excited to be the person who, as of July 4, is now in charge of the parks as well as the youth recreation programs. He’s looking forward to getting some of the programs back to how they used to be - like fl ag football, and making changes to others - like youth volleyball.

For at least the past 10 years, third through sixth grade girls have been traveling to Fort Dodge each Saturday in the fall to play competitive volleyball. This year, that will change. After talking with Carrie Christopher, one of the coaches, they agreed the cost was getting too high to be in that league, which was potentially limiting the number of people who played.

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