NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning Labor Day weekend and running throughout September, recreationalists are invited to enjoy North Liberty’s parks– and keep an eye out for words tucked away in a dozen of them.
As part of Outdoor North Liberty, a month-long celebration of North Liberty’s centennial and commitment to outdoor recreation, the dozen tags each contain words from a short verse by local publisher Steve Semken of Ice Cube Press. Recreationalists should keep track of the words and phrases they find and enter all of them at northliberty100.org/outdoors by Oct. 5 to be entered to win a centennial prize package, including a pre-paid debit card (worth $100, of course).
“Our parks serve up all kinds of recreational opportunities,” said Nick Bergus, the city’s communications director. “As the summer wanes, we want to highlight the community greenspaces, and encourage folks to feel the freedom that comes with getting out into nature.”
The city hopes residents will explore its parks, from the north all the way down. Some offer brand new play equipment, some water and walking trails. And some are just big enough for a bike-in picnic.
So this September, visit a neighborhood park near a farm or among juniper, birch and hickory, wander over a creek and through the woods, figure out what you can catch and drop in a line, or walk through the 100 trees planted for the town’s 100 years.
A map of North Liberty’s parks is available online at northliberty100.org/outdoors. Clues to the 12 locations are available at there, as well as in this release.
North Liberty will mark the 100th anniversary of its incorporation on Nov. 16. The town will celebrate its centennial with events throughout the year, thanks to generous support from the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Arlington Development, Bunting Construction, City Tractor, Dave Roberts, Realtor, of Gateway Access Realty, Great Western Bank, Collins Community Credit Union, Heartland Express, Home Repair Team, Advantage Custom Builders, Bobbers Grill , Collins Community Credit Union, Harding Concrete, South Slope Cooperative Communications, Corridor Pediatric Kids, Epley Properties, Frank and Peg Colony, Iowa Donor Network, North Liberty Hotel Group, and Terry Green.