The director of parks and recreation for the city of Ankeny, Iowa, Todd Redenius, told The Des Moines Register that, following a one-year cleanup, Chautauqua Park will receive a design master plan. That plan's implementation is expected to last for an additional year and include playgrounds and trails.
The site is a former water and land waste site used by the city, Deere, and the U.S. Army since World War II, with all three groups now contributing to the landfill's development as a city park, the news source reported. John Deere also will fund most of the monitoring costs for the next 30 years, as part of an agreement between the agricultural equipment-maker and the Iowa locale.
Chautauqua will, once completed, be the second-largest park in Ankeny, though its size will also prevent most additional developments from being constructed until the economy is healthier, said the media outlet.
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