Crews will begin work on a project to replace the trail bridge located near the 1st Avenue entrance at Hickory Hill Park next week.
The project will remove the current 50-foot, wooden pedestrian bridge that was damaged by creek flooding in 2013. It will be replaced with a new, pre-engineered steel bridge. Work to stabilize the streambank and repair the trail will also be done.
That process will involve some tree removal both at the bridge site and to allow construction equipment access from 1st Avenue. This path was surveyed to minimize the loss of significant trees, however, some trees will still need to be removed. Crews will mark trees for both removal and preservation, and clear those that need to come down by April 1. The forested area surrounding the bridge will be restored at the conclusion of the construction project. Trees removed along the creek will likely not be replaced so as to improve the functioning of the creek in future rain events.
Portions of the trail will be closed for safety during the project. People will continue to have access to the park from the 7th Avenue entrance, however this portion of the trail will not be a loop trail until completion of the project. Specifically during tree clearing and when heavy equipment is on the trail for bridge work.
The project should be completed, weather contingent, in May 2017.
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Interested in starting a vegetable or flower garden this spring, but don’t want to invest in large quantities of seeds? Do you have extra seeds that you'd like to share with other gardeners? Come to the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 2, for a Community Seed Share!
Sponsored by the Library and the Iowa State Extension Master Gardeners of Johnson County, this event is a great opportunity to share seeds you've saved or get some free seeds to try growing something new.
This event is part of the JCMG Growing Together efforts to reduce food insecurity in Johnson County. With donations from Burpee, Baker Seeds and Seed Savers, nearly 30 varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds will be available.
The event is free and open to all - you do not have to bring seeds to participate. Seeds will be available on a first come, first served basis, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early.
If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Library at 319-356-5200.
Want to learn as much as you can about digital movie editing? The month of April is devoted to learning about and trying various digital-video editing tools at the Iowa City Public Library.
On Monday, April 3, at 2 p.m. the class, Tools for Video Editing, will help you learn the basics of how editing works so that you can asked informed questions when selecting a video editor. Get an overview of the types of tools that come standard with most editing software and see how they help to create great video.
Once you feel like you know what it takes to edit your videos and the software you’d like to use, participate in the YouTube or Adobe Premiere class or come to both! Learn how to use Adobe Premiere on Monday, April 10 at 1 p.m. Clip away unneeded footage, add titles and transitions, as well as other effects to create quality video. The class will work with the patron’s own videos; bring files saved on a flash drive.
On Friday, April 14, at 10 a.m., participants can learn to use YouTube’s free video editor. Skills that will be covered include uploading video files, adding transitions, trimming your clips, adding titles, and more. It’s suggested that participants for either of these classes attend Tools for Video Editing first.
Don’t forget about our Creative Workshops from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays! We’ll be working with Adobe Premiere on April 10, so bring your projects and get ready to work!
All classes and workshops for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, so patrons should register early. Visit http://calendar.icpl.org/categories/classes-tech-help to register online. You can also register by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.
Sign up for your community garden plot on Monday, April 3 and enjoy homegrown produce.
The Iowa City Council identified community gardens as a top priority, and ICPR is excited to announce the addition of two new locations for this growing season at Reno and Kiwanis Parks. This year, there is a new benefit for returning garden plot renters. Patrons who rented a garden plot in 2016 will have the opportunity to reserve the same plot in advance of the open registration. Forms were sent out to previous renters in February with a return deadline of March 20 to save their spot.
The 2017 Iowa City Community Garden Plot program open registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 3 at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, located at 220 South Gilbert Street. Plots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and interested gardeners are encouraged to arrive early on the first day of registration. The Recreation Center building will open at 6 a.m. Numbers will be available on the lower level of the building near the customer service desk. Staff will call those numbers in order beginning at 7:30 a.m. These numbers are to hold your place in line only; they do not represent your garden plot number assignment. Registrants will be required to sign a lease agreement to maintain their plot through Oct. 1.
The Iowa City Public Library’s Art Advisory Committee is looking for new members.
The Committee is made up of six members and terms run for three years (this term would end in April 2020). Candidates must reside in Iowa City or rural Johnson County, and are appointed to the Committee by the Library Board. Library employees are not eligible for appointment. Ideal candidates are individuals involved and interested in the arts community in some way — artists, framers, instructors, students, gallery employees, collectors and serious enthusiasts.
One of the primary responsibilities of the Art Advisory Committee is the judging of artworks submitted to the annual Art Purchase Prize contest, with the winning works being purchased by the Library and added to the Art To Go collection. The framed posters and original works are available for check out. Other tasks include reviewing and deciding upon any gifted works for Art To Go, as well as any proposals for art to be added to the Library’s permanent collection.
Join neighbors, friends, and police officers for coffee and a conversation during the next Coffee with a Cop event.
Iowa City Police officers will be at The Java House, 1575 S. 1st Ave., Iowa City from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017.
There is no agenda scheduled. This is an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know police officers in a relaxed setting over a cup of coffee.
Additional information about the Coffee with a Cop program is available at icgov.org/coffee. For other questions, or to schedule Coffee with a Cop in your neighborhood, contact Officer David Schwindt at email@example.com or 319-356-5275.
Olympic Gold Medalist Claire Donahue will lead two swim clinics on the fundamentals of butterfly, open turns, underwater dolphin kicking, and breakouts on April 1 and 2 at Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Drive. Swimmers of all abilities and levels of experience are encouraged to attend.
Donahue comes to Iowa City through the Fitter Faster Swim Tour, an organization that enables teams and communities to host professionally managed swim clinics featuring many of the best swimmers in the world. The mission of the organization is to teach and inspire swimmers of all ages and skill levels.
For more information about these clinics, visit the Fitter Faster Swim Tour website: