At the same time new housing will be going up nearby, a new park may be added to the city’s latest housing development.
At Monday’s Humboldt City Council meeting, City Administrator Aaron Burnett talked about a park being proposed for lot 10 of the Eagle Ridge Housing Development.
The 33-acre lot is next to the West Fork of the Des Moines River, and a large portion of the lot is in the flood plain.
Burnett said Todd Lee, Humboldt County Conservation Director, would like to pursue a joint agreement between the city of Humboldt Parks Department, Humboldt County Conservation and the Humboldt County Housing Development Corporation for development of a park in the described area.
“The Humboldt County Housing Development Corp. has always said in all of its conversations that public use would be the best use of that particular lot,” Burnett said.
“It’s just a matter of trying to recoup some of the cost they had in purchasing that land,” the city administrator added.
“With the collaboration of Humboldt County Conservation and the city, it might be possible to have a park developed with some trails, access for fishing and things along those lines,” Burnett said.
Burnett said the idea is to have Humboldt County Conservation put in $30,000, $30,000 from the city, and ask the Housing Development Corporation to take a loss on that portion of their investment, to see a park developed.
All parties are seemingly on board with moving forward with the idea. The Humboldt City Council Monday gave a verbal go-ahead to pursue the idea.