The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


December 5, 2013

City needs to take better care of Eagle Point Park

So the city of Clinton wanted to expand Eagle Point Park and do nothing with it except maybe put up more signs that say danger.

That is the easy way out, play it safe. They want to do this to keep the integrity of the park —what a joke. Maybe the city should take the park from the Public Works and put it back in the hands of the Park Board, that would be the smart thing to do.

As far as this property acting as a buffer, past the tree line there is a ravine that runs from the old zoo all the way to the railroad tracks. Is this the city’s way of getting back at the Bices for outbidding them for the property?

The park property was deeded to the city by the Joyce family in 1905. The Park Board created 350 acres for the park between 1925 and 1939. Then from 1936 to 1939 the WPA began working on the park and started to build the park along with the 1,000 steps, two bridges and lower and upper trails which are closed off because people didn’t take care of them.

So we put up danger signs and do nothing hoping people will forget about them. As far as what to do with people falling off the bluff, put up maps that show the places you can go and not go or make a brochure that shows places in the park to see. Other parks have such signs and brochures. Put up signs that warn you of the danger and that say you are responsible if you go off the trails or someplace else. Eagle Point Park is part of our history, let’s keep it that way.

Steven Coder,


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