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North Liberty Leader

Scale and balance

Centennial Park’s innovative new playground opens

NORTH LIBERTY– Centennial Park’s new climbing playground was open for its first whole week Monday, July 30, and there’s been no shortage of kids eager to try their hand at scaling its unique features.

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Setting the table for opportunity

Catering service to provide ServSafe certification to aspiring young chefs

NORTH LIBERTY– Matt Zacek always had a passion for cooking, but for decades never realized it beyond a family pastime.
“I’ve always had this ability to take an empty pantry and make a meal out of it,” he remarked. That is until about five years ago while watching an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The show featured a non-profit restaurant in California called Worth Our Weight, which serves as a culinary apprentice program for at-risk kids.
“It really struck a cord with both my wife and I as something we would really like to do,” Zacek recalled.

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Restoring Kent Park Lake

Anticipating completion next spring

OXFORD– Those who haven’t been out to Kent Park Lake in some time would certainly find it unrecognizable. Overlooking the dried-out lake bed, overgrown with vegetation and scattered with park remnants like uprooted tree stumps, it’s almost hard to imagine it was once the aquatic centerpiece to the Johnson County park. But the park’s most ambitious restoration project, which began in spring 2017, is moving at a persistent pace. Outdoor enthusiasts can rest assured, if all goes to plan, the lake with return to its previous glory by spring 2019.

A necessary measure

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Giving back while helping out

Tiffun Creek Fest provides a day of fun with a greater purpose

TIFFIN– For the second year, residents of Tiffin and the surrounding area had a full day of entertainment courtesy of the Tiffun Creek Fest, the successor to Tiffin Fest. This year’s event was held on Saturday, July 28, in the Tiffin City Park, a change from the soccer fields last year.

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The clouds are building

Liberty High’s football field nears completion, but probably won’t be ready until mid-season

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s Lightning (the Bolts) will soon have a complex full of clouds to strike from as an athletic complex just west of the school continues to take shape.
Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) voters approved a $192 million bond issue last September, which included $12,544,000 for the second phase of a three-phase construction plan for Liberty. Phase One was design and construction of the 264,000 square foot school, which opened last August.

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Drilling in the Corridor

New office brightening smiles in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Dental drilling that is. Dr. Cody Kriegel and his wife, Alison, are bringing their passion for dentistry to North Liberty with Corridor Dental.

A strong showing for Blues & BBQ

17k come out for great food and music

NORTH LIBERTY– Bigger musical talent, new activities and a strong attendance at an evolving park characterized North Liberty’s 12th annual Blues & BBQ Saturday, July 14. A muggy start tapered off into the evening as the festival played host to an estimated 17,000 people.
“We’re really proud of that number,” said Nick Bergus, Communications Director for the City of North Liberty and member of the 2018 Blues & BBQ committee.
The Pig & Pint Prelude sold out for its second year with 260 guests, up from the inaugural event. The event is expected to return next year as it continues to grow.

Art in the name of water

North Liberty’s storm drain murals provide environmental platform

NORTH LIBERTY– Those who cruised through Cherry Street last week likely noticed some colorful new additions near Liberty Centre Pond.

Tiffin frisbee golf course unveiled

Makes creative use of floodplain along Clear Creek

TIFFIN– This summer, Tiffin introduced perhaps one of its most scenic recreation spots, quietly unveiling the new Tiffin Timbers frisbee golf course.
The roughly 20-acre layout features nine holes taking players through heavily wooded grass paths, open prairie and partially along the city’s concrete, multi-use trail.
“It’s got a beautiful layout with the timber and the open fields and so forth,” remarked City of Tiffin Parks Director/Public Works Maintenance Worker Jonas Zimmer. “We were able to design it and kind of cut it through the timber, and use the timber to our advantage.”

Tiffin a "growing community under development"

Population growth triggers revision to Tiffin’s Comprehensive Plan

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin commissioned a Comprehensive Plan, to serve as a guide toward managing future development and population growth over a 20-year span, in 2014. The 2014 edition took approximately two years to compile, craft and approve. In the short span since the plan was adopted, Tiffin’s growth continued seemingly unimpeded, and projections for future growth needed to be revised.

A new era for the paper

The Leader office makes a new home in Solon

SOLON– This summer, the North Liberty Leader set out for a new horizon. Fortunately, all it took was a short stroll down Main Street.

Journey Counseling Services marks a decade in North Liberty

Hosting open house Fri., Aug. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s been a slow burn, but over the course of 10 years, Journey Counseling Services (JCS) has made a solid niche for itself in North Liberty.
Located at 6 Hawkeye Dr. Ste. 105, the ministry offers Christian-based counseling with over 30 years of combined experience.
“As we’ve been doing this longer, I’ve found it to be kind of a unique spot that we’re in, because not a lot of other people do it,” said owner and counselor Holly Smigel.