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PARK PROTEST: Neighbors Upset About Road

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An Urbandale park that has been in the works for 10 years was met with opposition Tuesday night.

The Walnut Creek Regional Park stretches from Meredith to Douglas. The city wants to add trail connections, a playground and picnic shelter but a new road on the back side of homes on 174th is also in the works.

Homeowners in the area took the safety concerns with the road to the city council Tuesday night and it sparked a lively debate. Upset neighbors say the new road doesn’t have gates or speed bumps and could be dangerous for kids living in the area and bike riders.

Council members fired back.

Councilman Tom Gayman was also upset saying residents had a long time to bring up the issue before now.

“If it’s less than a year you need to do you due diligence and come to the meetings. This is the first one I have known you to be at sir. So if it’s a concern get yourself engaged. It’s been in the plan for 10 plus years. Every December we talk about the park, the road, the amenities. Every, single year,” says Gayman.

Councilman Gayman said he supports the idea of installing gates to make the road only accessible during the day.