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Unanimous Support For County Park Expansion

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Linn County is working on a development plan on the west side of Cedar Rapids.

Leaders want to buy 71 acres of farmland to expand Morgan Creek Park.

Today they started asking for opinions on the nearly 2 million dollar proposal.

"Living next to a park all my life, the benefits are fabulous."

That is the consensus of everyone who showed up to the public hearing Wednesday morning.

"It's a beautiful oasis of wild life and upland right at the edge of the city that needs to be protected, said Linn County Resident Rob Johnson.

"It is here in Linn County and it's is accessible to all the people of the County, said Cindy Burke, also a resident.

She talking about Morgan Creek Park and plans for its expansion.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors support buying more than 70 acres of farmland to expand the 230 acre park.

"For the benefit of all the citizens of Linn County but particularly give some balance to our park system on the West side, said Linda Langston of the Linn County Board of Supervisors.

Even though the plan comes with a steep price tag of more than 1.7 million dollars or about 24,000 dollars an acre some say it's still worth it.

"It is directly adjacent to some of the land that will be used for Highway 100. This is anticipated to be prime development land, she said.

Money for the project will come from a variety of sources including capital improvement funds from Linn County.

It's a move that comes with unanimous support from the residents who showed up today.

"It made me feel good about the future and that my tax money is finally potentially going to be spent on a project that I really endorse, said resident Lisa Paulos.
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