Iowa City Opens Terry Trueblood Recreation Area

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By Larry Burkum

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Canoeing, kyaking, and paddle boarding. Just 3 of the fun activities people in Iowa City can now enjoy close to home.

The Terry Trueblood Recreation Area hosted its grand opening Saturday.

The area used to be a sand and gravel quarry, but was converted to an outdoor lovers dream with the help of Iowa City's former Parks and Recreation Director Terry Trueblood.

The area opens a world of opportunities for outdoor activities.

"We have a marina building that will rent canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, stand up paddle boats and then in the winter well turn around and do ice skates and snow shoes so itll be a full year round facility," said Michael Moran, Iowa City's Parks and Recreation director.

Unfortunately Trueblood will never get to see the park named after him. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2009.

The first annual Terry Trueblood Walk for Pancreatic Cancer is scheduled for one p.m. Sunday. The two mile walk will take place on the trail around the lake at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area.

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