Representatives from MSA, a planning and development company from Ankeny, met with Hiawatha residents April 1 to talk about a new park in Hiawatha.
Shawn O'Shea, manger for the project, said the park will be located off of Fitzroy Road, north of Hiawatha, and west of Interstate 380, on this side of County Home Road. Though the park is not yet named, the development company is calling it, "Taylor Park," after the family, who sold the land to Hiawatha.
Residents were asked to list their ideas for the park on boards provided by the company, which included a recreation center, a swimming pool, a bike park, and trails that connect to the other parks in Hiawatha, as well as the Cedar Valley trail system. Other ideas included a skating rink and pickle ball courts.
O'Shea presented a power-point depicting the time-line for the project, which could take several years to design, and even more to complete.
Parks & Recreation director, Kelly Willadsen, reporting on the progress of the dog park, said because of the bad weather, water, and other issues, the construction may take longer than they thought. However, she said she would share more information as it becomes available.