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Not your grandpa's playground

Centennial Park’s first playground ready for Blues & BBQ festival

NORTH LIBERTY– Playground design has come a long way. Forty years ago, kids played on jungle gyms and monkey bars installed on asphalt pads or surrounded by various sizes of gravel. Later, bits and pieces of shredded tires were layered around the appliances, cushioning young bodies from the inevitable falls. More recently, other materials such as wood chips were placed to provide a softer surface.

North Central Junior High prepares for expansion

Improvements to both interior and parking anticipated late next year

NORTH LIBERTY– If all goes to plan, traffic jams, cluttered halls and a cramped gymnasium will be a thing of the past for North Central Junior High late next year. The school is preparing for expansions to both the interior and exterior, to match its growing population, with construction likely to begin during the upcoming school year.

Exterior

Shaping up the water

North Liberty facility improves water capacity and quality

NORTH LIBERTY– With the turn of a faucet, the residents of North Liberty have a new reason to rejoice.
On Wednesday, June 20, the City of North Liberty held an open house to celebrate the unveiling of its new water treatment plant at 433 S. Front St. City staff invited residents in for a comprehensive tour of the plant, which went online in May, and to explain its benefits to the community.

The rate debate

Council discussion on rec center rates at a standstill

NORTH LIBERTY– Efforts to revise the nearly 15-year-standing fee system at the North Liberty Recreation Center have been stifled, for now. While the measure may have been unanimously rejected by the city council, residents of North Liberty can anticipate changes coming to the rate structure in late 2018.

Preview: Blues & BBQ 2018

Volunteers needed to support growing summer festival

NORTH LIBERTY– The committee for the 12th annual North Liberty Blues & BBQ has wasted no time getting the word out and recruiting volunteers in anticipation of the one-day festival. At the one-month-out mark, June 14, they held the first pre-party kickoff on the patio of Reds Alehouse, sponsored by Junge Ford North Liberty.

Solon Firehouse unveiled

Firefighters embark on $4.3 million fundraising campaign

SOLON– They know it’s a big building.
They know it’s a lot of money.
But here’s the analogy Solon firefighters made as they introduced a plan for a new $5 million firehouse.
The current fire station on Iowa Street was built in 1959, explained department member Greg Morris.
“Where we’re sitting right now was built by the firefighters in ‘58 and ’59,” Morris said. “My grandfather’s one of the guys who signed the personal note to guarantee payment. The only actual construction cost for the fire station to this community was from the bond issue in 1990.”

North Liberty dog park

City to purchase land on east side of town

NORTH LIBERTY– On Tuesday, June 12, the North Liberty City Council approved the purchase of land for a dog park. The plan is to reallocate $225,000 in trail lighting funds from the FY18 budget. A purchase agreement could be considered as early as June 26.

A season in limbo

Penn Landing Market’s future in question

NORTH LIBERTY– Summer break is in full force in North Liberty. The rec center pool is open for business, and cyclists are eagerly strapping on their helmets for a weekend ride. But the absence of a certain community fixture may leave some locals scratching their heads.

A rare honor for a unique man

Robert Dunn of North Liberty receives Congressional Gold Medal in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS– Robert Dunn has joined a very elite group. The 85-year-old North Liberty resident was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal Thursday, June 7, at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cedar Rapids. The medal was in recognition of Dunn’s service as a Cadet in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) during World War II and presented by Col. Joe Hackett, Commander of the Iowa Wing of the United States Air Force Auxiliary (better known as the CAP).

TAKO offers an anglers' feast

Hosts free day of fishing at Liberty Centre Pond

NORTH LIBERTY– When a free fishing event is announced in North Liberty, families are quick to take the bait.
On Saturday, June 2, an estimated 300 people from around the Corridor lined Liberty Centre Pond. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., families cast their lines into the scenic waters as part of the Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) free fishing event.

Encouraging kids to "stay creative"

Children’s picture book author Alastair Heim visits North Liberty Community Library

NORTH LIBERTY– Alastair Heim had words of encouragement for the kids of North Liberty.
On the morning of Saturday, May 26, families kicked off their weekend with a visit from the internationally published children’s picture book author. Heim took the occasion to read his books to the young locals, share some wisdom and sign copies of his work, with Prairie Lights Books providing books for sale. The event, which began at 11 a.m., was hosted by the library in partnership with the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, free to the community.

For the G.O.O.D. of the community

Heritage Christian School’s annual serve-a-thon

NORTH LIBERTY– Third-graders squealed with excitement as they navigated the thick brush and rolling hills of Squire Point, evading thorn bushes and using downed trees as balancing beams. It was a cool, cloudy morning on Friday, May 11, as the students of Heritage Christian School took part in Operation G.O.O.D. (Giving Of Ourselves Day).