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Baxter Hometown Pride

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Baxter Hometown Pride 5-year Community Vision Plan

Improve caboose and trailhead: market the trail

  • Hire Jason Midyette to assess caboose status and develop rehabilitation plan
  • Fundraise and acquire grants to rehab caboose
  • Integrate trailhead with Geise Park redevelopment
  • Align efforts with Friends of Chichaqua Valley Trail group
  • Improve trail wayfinding
  • Make sure print and on-line trail information is adequate
  • Put trail information on Baxter Joint Website

Geise Park

  • Get designer hired for park redevelopment plan
  • Link trailhead with park plan
  • Community open house when plan is completed
  • Find funding for implementation of the redevelopment

Ballfield/Sports Complex

  • Finalize needs list - get better handle on large items
  • Obtain pricing for improvements
  • Prioritize improvements
  • Fundraise/obtain grants

Redevelop Trailer Park for Senior Housing

  • Complete clearing of site
  • City acquire property
  • Work with State to put senior housing project together
  • Get private developer under contract

Community wayfinding signs

  • Determine destinations that need wayfinding-trail, school, downtown, sports
  • Put together wayfinding sign plan
  • Find vendor with sign design we like; develop cost estimate
  • Go after grant funds

Main Street Beautification

  • Coordinate with Garden Club as needed
  • Obtain grants

Youth Program

  • Define program, what do we want?
  • Develop program options
  • Coordinate with appropriate entities in the community
  • Evaluate funding options

Children's Park

  • Complete an assessment of existing park facilities
  • Determine what upgrades and enhancements are needed
  • Look for grant programs

Baxter Hometown Pride now has Venmo. If you are interested in donating towards the Geise Park project we have now made it easier for you!!
If you want your donation specifically earmarked for something specific please indicate it in the comments of your Venmo payment (ie: playground, shelter house, splashpad).

Thank you for your donation!

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Thank you to all that donated towards our live auction. We had some amazing auction items that helped us raise just over $5,800. Thank you to everyone who joined in on bidding on the items and helping us raise more money for our splash pad!!

Donors to Live Auction:

  • Lincoln Valley Golf Course
  • Ross Langmaid-RCL Farms, Inc
  • State Savings Bank
  • Baxter Community School and the Baxter Athletic Boosters
  • Iowa State Football and Matt Campbell
  • DW Tree Service
  • Bill Funnermark
  • Brian Davies-Advanced Machine & Fabrication
  • Baxter Fire Department 


cans and bottles donation

Do you have cans and bottles building up in your garage? Do you keep telling yourself you will take them in and STILL have not? Do you hate standing in line at the can redemption center?

Well, we have the answer for you!! Baxter Hometown Pride has a green shed down at the City maintenance building ready for all the cans and bottles you want to donate. All funds raised will be going to the SPLASH PAD in Geise Park.

Get rid of your pile up of cans and help fund a splash pad; sounds like a win-win for YOU!!