Paranormal Investigation: Team Searches for Spirits in Parks & Rec. Building

By Jill Kasparie, KCRG-TV9

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A group called “Unknown Darkness” and Cedar Rapids Parks & Rec. are teaming up for a paranormal investigation.

It’s happening at the Ambroz Recreation Center, which houses offices for the Cedar Rapids Parks & Rec Department.

The old building sits at the corner of 20th street and Mount Vernon Road Southeast. The building holds more than 100 years of history and stories.

“This was the Buchanan School,” said Cedar Rapids Parks & Rec. Program Supervisor Rob Wagner.

Children used to fill the classrooms, but some believe those children are still there.

“I have never experienced anything, but we’ve had past employees and current employees that have been on second and third floors -- or third floor -- late at night all the time that just [see] unexplained things,” Wagner said.

Employees reported happenings like door slamming or pianos playing when no one else was in the building.

Now, Unknown Darkness is coming in with their equipment and their experience.

“Being a school, there was a lot of energy and different things that came through here almost 100 years ago. Who is to say that their energies didn’t stick within the walls? A lot of people say tragedy is why a location is haunted. That’s definitely not true,” said Unknown Darkness Paranormal Investigator Katie Hass.

The team said they also believe they have evidence of spirits after their first investigation inside the building, back in January.

“Actually, right behind me is where we had a lot of our activity that night, but we were in the music room over here and we had seen shadows along the wall. We knew right there that there was nothing coming from outside because there was no windows,” said Unknown Darkness Paranormal Investigator Josh Hopkins.

They said they heard what they believe is the voice of a child spirit.

“We caught an EVP, electronic voice phenomena. It sounded like a child. It’s really hard to understand what it’s saying,” Hass said.

So, maybe you believe or maybe you don’t.

“I don’t know, so until I can go either way. I’m on the fence,” Wagner said.

Unknown Darkness, however, hopes people get in the spirit and lend a hand as the investigation continues this weekend. They’re looking to be able to find out more about whom or what’s inside the old school building.

This Saturday, June 7, people can take part in the exploration at the Ambroz Recreation Center and learn about paranormal activity. The program takes place from 6:00 to 11:00 pm. It’s located at 2000 Mount Vernon Road Southeast. Costs start at $45 per person.

l Comments: 319-398-8268; jill.kasparie@kcrg.com

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