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Gruis Park & Shelter House

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A large shelter house available for community use, accompanied with a variety of playground equipment. Located adjacent to the swimming pool and tennis courts, at 248 3rd Ave N.E., it is a busy place in the summer months with family reunions, group and organization picnics, receptions, outdoor church services and Girl Scout Day Camp. Two groups may be accommodated at a time in the modern shelter house with picnic tables and fire places in each end, modern restrooms and outdoor grills.  Reservations for the shelter house may be made by calling Titonka City Hall at 515-928-2850.  

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Development of Gruis City Park was made possible by the bequest of the late Bert Gruis, who, as a retired farmer, lived in Titonka. The shelterhouse was built in 1975 with much of the labor of laying the sod and sidewalks and the placing of playground equipment and the planting of trees contributed by residents of the town and the surrounding area.


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The bronze at the park (shown above) is the work of Cliff Carslon, local rural resident and nationally recognized sculptor. He designed the emblem for the Titonka Area Diamond Jubilee (1973), and later had it cast in bronze to present to the community. It is mounted on a stone similar in shape to an arrowhead, in recognition of the Sioux Indians who once occupied the area.

 
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