A large wildlife area near Kalona’s Southtown subdivision is slated for several projects as it becomes a recreational space.

Municipal and county officials said they planned to develop part of the land as a "naturescape,“ which City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh described as a mix of natural features and playground equipment. Other plans for the almost 95-acre area include a dog park, paved trail, disc golf course, splash pad and a separate, ADA-compliant playground among other features.

“It’s a lot of different amenities being proposed out there that fit that landscape,” he said.

Schlabaugh said the area, which includes a preexisting trail, was already open to the public, but that many amenities would have to wait for construction, or at least the official transfer of ownership to the city, expected around March 20.






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