The Auditorium’s air conditioners (which date to the 1970’s) were replaced in the spring of 2014. The Department replaced two of the three rooftop units with new energy efficient air conditioners. This will provide the Auditorium with more reliable equipment while also reducing its operating costs.
The Auditorium’s 9 main floor lights and stage lights have all been replaced with LED lighting. We continue to look for cost effective LED options for general lighting throughout the Auditorium. The colored cove lights will be targeted for replacement once a viable LED option is found.
These projects along with the 2012 boiler replacement are an effort to ensure the Auditorium remains a modern facility that is a central fixture in Moberly while being responsible to taxpayers and reducing the cost of operating.
Thompson Campground Shower House
The shower house at Thompson Campground in Rothwell Park was constructed at the end of 2014 and opened for the 2015 season. The shower house has two shower/restroom units for campers and two restrooms open to the public. The facility is ADA accessible and is open all year for the convenience of park users. Funding of the shower house came from a combination of Moberly Parks and Recreation, grant funds from the DNR, Moberly Tourism Commission, Friends of the Park, and the Moberly Kiwanis Club.
Initial design work was conducted by Rosalee Mason with the Magic City Master Gardeners in conjunction with Moberly Parks and Recreation. The Department broke ground summer 2014 on this new amenity which will serve as a place for reading, relaxation, or contemplation and remembrance of loved ones. The garden features a crushed rock pathway, flowering trees and shrubs, and benches. A natural stone retaining wall was added in the spring of 2016. Future plans call for additional shrubs, flowering trees, and a centerpiece feature.
Thanks to the efforts of Timberlake Christian Church, the second phase of development – construction of an overlook – is currently being finished two years ahead of schedule. This is sure to draw park users off the beaten path to relaxing and shaded deck seating overlooking beautiful Rothwell Lake!
Members of the public may contact Moberly Parks and Recreation if they would like to donate a tree, shrub, or stone in memory of a loved one.
Rothwell Park Trails
Moberly Parks and Recreation resurfaced the asphalt trails throughout Rothwell Park and the Howard Hils Athletic Complex in September 2016. The project cost $47,441 and will be funded in large part thanks to the Recreational Trails Program grant through the DNR which will reimburse approximately 75% of the project. This is one of several examples of Moberly Parks and Recreation leverage outside funds with local tax dollars to stretch how far our dollars go.