In 2017 the Newton Rotary Club offered a donation of up to $30,000 dollars to the City of Newton for the purpose of improving viewing areas near the Maytag Bowl. City staff met with members of the Rotary Club and developed a plan to construct an ADA-accessible paved seating area and sidewalks near the existing handicap parking and mature shade trees. The new seating area would allow people, particularly the elderly or handicapped, to view events at the Maytag Bowl in a shaded and easily accessible area at the top of the hill generally west of the Maytag Bowl. To complement the seating area, new benches and picnic tables will be purchased with the remaining funds committed by the Rotary Club. On March 5, 2018 City Council approved a contract for $15,155.00 with TK Concrete, Inc. of Pella, Iowa for the concrete portion of this project, which is scheduled to be completed on or before May 11, 2018. Installation of the benches and picnic tables will follow upon their delivery.