(Shenandoah) -- More additions are coming to Page County's Rapp Park Recreation Area.
In addition to the boating, fishing and bird watching opportunities, visitors to the former sandpits on Highway 48 north of Shenandoah will soon see a large mammoth sculpture on an island near the park's big lake. Page County Conservation Board Chairman Charlie Spencer tells KMA News the 16-by-21 foot steel sculpture was created following the discovery of a mammoth skull by Sterling McLaren. The skull was later placed at the Greater Shenandoah Historical Museum.
Spencer says welder and sculptor Susan Woodford--McLaren's granddaughter--created the mammoth replica. She also created the butterfly sculptures already located at the park.
Plans call for local resident Bill Annen to move the sculpture from the Omaha-Council Bluffs area later this spring. Once it arrives, Spencer says volunteers will be needed to place the mammoth on a pad located on the big lake's island. Jeff Miller of Miller Building Supply and Steve Crowley of Crowley Construction Company pledged to donate 50 bags each of Quikcrete cement.
In addition to the mammoth sculpture, other additions include the construction of a handicap viewing area at the park--once the weather improves. Spencer says the viewing area is designed for area nursing homes to transport patients to see birds and other wildlife at the park.
"If they're in a wheelchair, they can wheel them out to where they can actually see the birds," said Spencer. "Right now, from the road, they can't see what is actually going on. This will have handrails and a hard cement surface for them to go out there. The people who are already walking, and need a little bit of help, can use the handrails."
Construction of three shelter houses at the park are also planned this spring, as well.