IOWA CITY, Iowa - Sand washed into Iowa City's lower City Park by the 2013 flood is being removed this week, despite a recent push to convert the area along the Iowa River into a beach.
"There were a lot of people who wanted to see that," Mike Moran, director of the Iowa City parks and recreation department said. "It's just not practical at this time."
Moran said a work-order had been filed with FEMA after the summer flooding to clean-up the park. FEMA officials recently informed the city of plans to move forward with the project, which includes removing a large amount of sand.
Moran said making a portion of the park into a beach would have also presented safety issues as the river isn't ideal for swimming. Moran also had doubts the Department of Natural Resources would have been on board with such an idea.
Work is expected to last about two weeks. In addition to the sand, crews will also remove large trees and branches that ended up in the park.