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Portrait of a Winner

Tuscarora Township Wins Shelter

By Deborah L. Vence

Tuscarora Township in Indian River, Mich., is getting a new shelter from Holland, Mich.-based ICON Shelter Systems Inc. this year, after being selected from a drawing at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Expo in the fall.

The promotion ran for two months online prior to the show, and attendees were allowed to enter the drawing also by visiting with ICON booth personnel at the show.

"We are very appreciative, and excited, for having won this shelter. It is often a struggle to afford what we want for our community. It is terrific to have a facility that can serve as a centerpiece for one of our parks," said Tuscarora Township Supervisor Mike Ridley. "One of Tuscarora Township's greatest assets is our parks. This shelter will be a great enhancement for one of our parks and our community, especially in these tough economic times."

Ridley said that the exact location for the shelter has not yet been determined, but noted that "We have a wonderful little pocket park that it could be placed or possibly in either the North Central Trailhead or our Marina Park that are both currently being developed."

The new shelter from ICON is a custom rectangular gable shelter that measures 15 feet by 20 feet. The roof is pitched at 12/12. The main part of the frame is E-coated (primer) and powder-coated almond. The gable ornaments are E-coated and powder-coated camel. The roof is 24 ga. Galvalume with Kynar 500 coating colored terra cotta. The lighted medallions in the gables and the sconce lights at the top of the columns are part of the new ICON Artisan line of architectural ornaments and lights.

The shelter is tentatively scheduled to be installed in spring/summer of 2013.