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What's in the future for Edison Park?

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

 "It'll be interesting to see after 21 years what we put in there."

Former Edison School Principal Bruce Potter stopped by Edison Park as crews were tearing it down, reflecting on a time capsule he placed underneath it years ago.

Potter and his staff spent five days in 1994 constructing the Waterloo park.

"The preschoolers would put the screws in soap and wash them so they'd go into the wood easier," he said.

He watched his hard work crumble in front of his eyes, but hopes the land will be treated with dignity.

He isn't the only one.

"This is part of my childhood," says concerned citizen Daniel Richards.

Richards wants to know why the park is being demolished in the first place, so KWWL took that question to the district.

The district said the park was unsafe, claiming people would rip pieces of wood off the equipment, which wasn't only ruining it, but was costing the school money to haul in new wood.

"With the playground now gone, what value does the land add to the community?" asked Richards.

KWWL also took that question to the city.

"Some of the property will be developed, but we will have green space for a park. We're not sure of a timeline on that, that depends on funding, that should happen within the next couple years," said Waterloo Leisure Services Director Paul Huting.

As for all the volunteers who helped build the park in 1994, Huting says they'll have a say in the new space, if they want it.

"We will work with them to get their ideas and input and maybe even their help when we develop the park," said Huting.

Waterloo zoning director Noel Anderson said the rest of the space will be used for single family homes and possibly small commercial development.

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