Public input meeting: City Park adventure playground
Robert A. Lee Recreation Center — Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
The amusement rides that entertained generations of children in City Park are gone, and the Iowa City Department of Parks and Recreation wants the public’s input on its plans to fill the space the rides occupied for almost 70 years.
On Wednesday, there will be an hour-long meeting at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center starting at 6:30 p.m., during which the public will get a first look at the new adventure playground area planned for City Park. The playground will be on the hillside north of City Park Pool, and will connect the upper and lower parts of the park. Instead of rides, it will focus on climbing and sliding. It will also be in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which the old rides weren’t.
The former City Park rides are currently on sale on Gov.Deals.com, a site governments use to sell surplus material. Anyone can bid on the rides and buy them.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there had been 12 bids on the City Park train, driving its price up to $25,050. The high bid on the carousel was $15,150. The airplane ride was going for $3,000, and biding on the Ferris wheel had reached $2,875. The whale ride was the best deal (if you enjoy whale rides) at $1,225. Bids will be accepted through Sunday, Oct. 14.
Construction on the new adventure playground is scheduled to begin by early summer 2019.