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Waterloo plans to move skate park out of floodwaters’ way

December 17, 2018

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Waterloo plans to move its skateboard park to higher ground, away from floodwaters.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Riverside Skatepark sustained heavy damage in the 2008 Cedar River flood. It was repaired before being damaged again during floods in September 2016. City officials have been unsuccessful in trying to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help cover the estimated $90,000 in damage.

The new site is just a half-mile (1 kilometer) east of its current spot but out of the flood plain. A trail system there connects to downtown, and there’s a public bathroom at the site.

City Leisure Services officials intend to ask the City Council’s finance committee Monday to approve $5,000 for a conceptual plan for the new skate park.

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

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