Urbandale unveils Leap Frog bronze statue at celebration in Lions Park
Urbandale's fourth piece of public art will be unveiled during a celebration this week in Lions Park.
The Urbandale Public Art Committee is sponsoring Night at the Park: A Celebration of Public Art from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lions Park, 72nd Street and Prairie Avenue. The event will feature the unveiling of Leap Frog, a five-foot-high bronze sculpture from the Randolph Rose Collection.
There are other bronze sculptures located near Urbandale City Hall, in the Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park and at Lakeview Pond.
The unveiling celebration will be the first of many art events in Urbandale, said Cate Newberg, a member of the art committee.
"The whole night is packed with things in the park," Newberg said. "Get out and enjoy what Urbandale has to offer."
Additional activities will include music by the Urbandale Community Band, free refreshments and an art activity. Paint and materials will be provided for people to help paint trash cans. The decorated trash cans will be used in the park during the Fourth of July festivities, said Urbandale Parks and Recreation Director Jan Herke.
"It'll be fun for kids and adults to display their art on the different trash cans," Herke said.
Herke continues to receive positive comments about the bronze sculptures. People ask if that is the only type of public art Urbandale is going to have, but Herke said the committee is looking at all types of art for future projects.
The city pays for the public art program by committing 1 percent of capital projects up to $1 million. Herke sees public art opportunities with upcoming city projects including the new shelter house at Walker Johnston Park and the Douglas Avenue beautification project.
"You're seeing more and more public art," Herke said. "It's a great opportunity for communities."
The Night at the Park is also supported by the Urbandale Parks and Recreation Department and the Urbandale Community Action Network.
Written by: SARA SLEYSTER