Iowa City officials consider beach at City Park

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 ( ) 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,

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