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Angels Park construction volunteers urge patience

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EVANSDALE (KWWL) -

Construction has been underway for the memorial inspired by the murders of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins for about a month.

But the project to revamp the island at Meyers Lake in Evansdale has caused concerns for residents who live nearby.

Neighbors have been frustrated because they believe the site looks like a war zone of sorts. And they're worried about the impact construction will have on existing wildlife.

About a dozen trees remain on the island at "Angels Park" in Evansdale.

Volunteers said they've had to cut down more trees than anticipated because the trees, mostly Elm and Siberian Elm, were not healthy.

"We already have people donating new trees," said Sarah Staebell.

Staebell helped organize the plans for the park and volunteered with various projects at the site.

Staebell said new trees will consist of Evergreen trees as well as Blue Spruce and Oak trees.

"Things are going to get worse before they get better. It's going to appear that it's a mess over there, but it's a construction process. It all takes time," said Staebell.

Dona Frickson of Evansdale said the terrain on the island is "extremely rough" which only added to the difficulty in saving the existing trees.

"The trees were top heavy, and once the underbrush was cleared out they would have presented a safety concern," said Frickson.

Frickson and Staebell said the best option was to get rid of most of the trees and plant healthy trees in their place.

Both said because of the frost, it's been difficult to clear out the tree stumps, but they hope the tree stumps will be removed by the end of the week.

"There are days where you just want to throw your hands in the air. But we're not going to do that...you can't please everyone. There's always going to be people out there that have to complain, and that's unfortunate. But you know what? At the end of it, they just might be the people that are enjoying that park," said Staebell.

All of the money for the Angels Park project has come from donations.

Donations can be made at First Security State Bank in Evansdale or Cedar Falls under the "Angels Park Memorial Fund."

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