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On May 18, the Waukee City Council approved a purchase agreement for 13 acres of property located at 1230 S. Warrior Lane. The City’s ownership of the property will allow for long-term planning for the expansion of the parks system and the extension of University Avenue from Warrior Lane to 6th Street.
“This is a huge win for the community,” said Waukee Mayor Courtney Clarke. “As we continue to grow, we need to build stronger east-west transportation connections. This property purchase will give the City the necessary right-of-way to extend University Avenue and to widen Warrior Lane. It will allow for additional parkland as well, which will provide more outdoor recreation opportunities for people.”
The cost of purchasing the 13 acres of land is $1.5 million. The property will be paid for with local option sales tax revenue previously allotted for a future Centennial Park shelter house. A 6,000-square-foot building currently resides on the property and has the potential to be used as a shelter rental/meeting space to provide residents with an additional option for special event rentals. A parking lot will also be constructed which will serve building users and nearby trail users, as a future greenbelt is also possible with this new land acquisition. The greenbelt will take trail users from Centennial Park, by Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course and out west to the future Waukee Civic Campus (many years out).
“The City Council and I have a vision of Waukee having more safe and easy connections as well as amenities to meet residents’ needs. With this land purchase, the City of Waukee is really positioned to expand connections throughout the community, both via streets and trails,” said Mayor Clarke. “As we look at our Imagine Waukee 2040 comprehensive plan, these neighborhood connections are key to enhancing quality of life.”
See a preliminary site plan.
See a long-term planning map of the area.