Government

University Heights voters OK bond for parks

$1.8 million available to finance green space

The Stew and LeNore Hansen Football Performance Center, Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Duane Banks Field, Kinnick Stadium, and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital in an aerial photograph in Iowa City on Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
The Stew and LeNore Hansen Football Performance Center, Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Duane Banks Field, Kinnick Stadium, and the University of Iowa Children's Hospital in an aerial photograph in Iowa City on Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — Residents of University Heights have a new muninicpal park and green space in their future.

Voters in a Tuesday special election OK’d a $1.8 million bond issue to create a municipal park.

The measure required a supermajority and received a “yes” vote of 76 percent, with 139 in favor and 45 opposed.

It was a 24.4 percent turnout for the 754 registered voters in the city, with a population of 1,000, tucked inside Iowa City near Kinnick Stadium.

Approval of the bonds will allow the city to and develop a park and green space “to protect air quality, water quality in streams, natural areas and wildlife habitat.”

The park would be the city’s second. Triangle Park is a small park near Kinnick.

l Comments: (319) 339-3172; maddy.arnold@thegazette.com

CONTINUE READING

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.