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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -
A former sand and gravel pit is now a destination for people who love the outdoors in Iowa City.
The 207-acre park is named in memory of Iowa City's former Parks and Recreation Director, Terry Trueblood.
Trueblood died in 2009, a few years after he purchased the land to build the park, after a battle with Pancreatic cancer.
The Terry Trueblood Recreation Area is home to a 95-acre lake, multiple fishing piers, picnic areas, marinas and a 2-mile trail, making it the largest park in Iowa City.
"This was the last project that Grandpa started I guess. I think he had a lot ot do with purchasing the land, and then he got sick, and he wasn't able to finish it. But I think right after he died the city council and everyone decided to name the park after him, and so that's really special to the family that he's remembered in such an awesome way," said Trueblood's grandson Patrick Fischer of Iowa City.
The $7 million park took six years to complete.
"I'm very glad that we're here because now people of Iowa City can enjoy it, and that's the biggest thing for us is we did this for the enjoyment of the citizens of Iowa City, and so now we can turn it over to them and let them have fun," said Michael Moran, Director of Parks and Recreation in Iowa City.
For Trueblood's family, the area is the perfect place to reflect and remember the life of their father and grandfather.
"It offers the opportunity for people to get together, get out of the house, enjoy family time," said Fischer. "And I think just like any park and especially because this one's named after him, that's what he'd like most. He'd probably joke that his favorite part is his picture hanging on the wall or something."
The Terry Trueblood Recreation Area is open to the public and facilities can be rented for reunions and weddings.
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