IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — After being inundated with sand along the Iowa River for a second time in five years, Iowa City officials are considering leaving the sand left by floodwater and creating a permanent beach at City Park.
Parks and Recreation Director Mike Moran says it’s more work every time officials remove the sand.
Iowa City spent nearly $105,000 to clean up the park after the 2008 flood. The river swamped a portion of the park for several weeks in June.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/1d2YyCr ) the city must first test the sand for contaminants and determine if a beach would stay in place despite river level fluctuations. It must also discuss the idea with federal and state officials.
Moran says there’s no timeframe on when a beach proposal will be ready.
Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/