The City Council approved artwork pieces by various artists for display at the Urbandale Art Park. The Urbandale Art Park is a permanent outdoor sculpture park with annually changing exhibits. The Art Park is located just south of City Hall.
With an ongoing commitment to sustainability, the City Council approved purchasing a fully electric cargo van for the Parks & Recreation Department's Mobile Recreation Program for $64,000. Plans are underway to wrap the van with custom graphics.
The City Council approved a project that will install solar energy panels on the roof of the newly-constructed Parks and Public Works Maintenance Facility on Hickman Road east of 100th Street. When complete, the 225 kilowatt photovoltaic array is expected to reduce City energy costs by approximately $25,000 per year. The project is expected to be complete in January 2024.
The Council held a public hearing on the City’s five-year Capital Improvements Plan. Attendees at the public hearing addressed projects in the categories of stormwater management and on-street bike lanes on Aurora Avenue. After the public hearing, the City Council approved the 2023-2028 Capital Improvements Plan. The Plan is available for review on the City’s website.
The City Council established a Tuesday March 7, 2023 special election for voters to consider this question: “Shall the City of Urbandale, Iowa, issue its General Obligation Bonds or Capital Loan Notes in an amount not exceeding the amount of $43,000,000 for the purpose of designing, constructing, equipping, and furnishing a new community recreation complex, with related recreational site improvements?” More information on the project is available at this page on the City website.