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Waterloo officials considering selling parts of city parks

April 19, 2019

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Waterloo officials have identified parts of three city parks as potential candidates for sale.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that council members broached the idea of selling portions of parks for development. The thought is such sales could reduce maintenance costs, generate sales revenue and grow the tax base with new homes built on the land.

Neighboring property owners have resisted the idea in past discussions about selling park pieces. They feared losing direct sightlines and access to the parks or losing spots for recreation.

Leisure Services Director Paul Huting told the council earlier this week that if a portion of the sale proceeds were to be used for park improvements, the park neighbors might be happier with such sales.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com