Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on May 30, 1974 · Page 10
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Iowa Developing Recreation Facilities for More Leisure in the Future By Linda Woodhouse (Drake University Journalism Student ] DES MOINES — lowans in the year 2000 will have access to a wide variety of recreational facilities if they encourage and support the development now, according to several lowans involved in the state's recreational development. "We have all of the natural resources in Iowa to have all the facilities," said Dr. Robert Engle. assistant professor of higher education at the University of Iowa. "The resources will not develop themselves," he added. Engle is the statewide chairperson for the life enhancement task force in connection with Gov. Robert D. Ray's Iowa 2000 program. By 1980 lowans will be working 35 hours per week and by 2000 this will decrease to 30 hours per week, according to projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With increased leisure time, our present concept of leisure — time remaining after work — will change, said James F. Murphy, assistant professor of recreation and leisure studies at California State University. In an article in the October 1973 issue of "Parks and Recreation." a professional publication. Murphy said leisure will take on much greater significance and importance in our lives. Whereas, now we identify people by occupation, by the year 2000 we will also identify people according to leisure lifestyles. Murphy said. Recreational planners at all governmental levels are trying to prepare for anticipated greater recreation demand. The Iowa State Conservation Commission recently began its Open Space Land Aquisition Program, through which the Commission buys natural and historic land before it is converted to commercial use. The basic idea of the program is to preserve this land instead of developing it for specialized recreational use. The commission is developing four large recreational areas including sizeable amounts of land and large man-made lakes. The Brushy Creek project near Fort Dodge includes 5.000 acres of land with a 900-acre lake. The Volga River project THE PICTURES YOU TAKE TODAY ARE THE TREASURES OF TOMORROW BALK'S Everything Photographic near Fayette includes 5,299 acres of land and a 536-acre lake. Northwest of Cedar Rapids, the Pleasant Creek project is under way with 1,927 acres of land and a 410-acre lake. The Big Creek project north of Des Moines will include 4,500 acres of land and an 850-acre lake. The development of state recreation areas is a new concept for the Conservation Commission. The commission is trying to avoid stereotyped facilities, all with the same basic layout, in favor of recreation areas that can offer various year-round activities. Jim Scheffler, a commission resource planner, said acquisition of such large tracts of land for recreation "is a problem in Iowa because most of the landis agricultural in nature." He said that with the high price of agricultural products, farmers would rather convert wooded acres to farm land than sell them to the commission for recreation development. Less than 1 per cent (250,000 acres) of Iowa's total land area is devoted to public lands compared to 73 per cent devoted to crop production. The commission is also developing several "environmental corridors" to connect recreational areas. An example is a corridor planned between Saylorville and Des Moines. which will offer biking and hiking trails with an opportunity to observe nature. The demand for more recreational facilities is increasing steadily on the state level, said Scheffler. In some areas of the state, notably east-central Iowa, the commission's 1980 projected facility use was met and ' passed by 1970. In 1972. more than 11 million people used state park facilities. Local governments are also involved in recreational development. Carol Slater, of the Des Moines Planning and Zoning Office, said present major facilities in Des Moines are "adequate" for now. but there are not enough neighborhood facilities. However. Bill Anderson, also of the Des Moines Planning and Zoning Office, said the city "is anticipating a tremendous demand" for recreational facilities in the future. "I think the city is aware that a problem could exist if it doesn't do something now." he added. Des Moines presently has 1.5 acres of park land per thousand residents. The city's goal is 7.5 acres per thousand residents. Mrs. Slater said Des Moines has adequate land available for potential recreational development if it does not permit private developers to convert it to other uses. Private developers should be encouraged to provide recreational facilities, Mrs. Slater added. For example, a housing development can provide multi-apartment dwellings with a centrally located recreational area including a golf course, a swimming pool and other facilities. Jerry Franke, of the Central Iowa Regional Planning WE'RE LISTENING.... ... to job market trends, to the trauma caused by the spiraling cost of living, to the voice of the future. A voice being heard by masses warns that a good, sound, well-rounded educational background in one of the vocational-technical (career) fields* is the wave of the future in our nation. Yes, we're listening. That's our job. We provide education that makes it possible for you to find a job, a standard of living that satisfies your ambitions, and has a good future. That's what you get at Des Moines Area Community College. Not only are there more than 50 career areas in which to specialize, but we go beyond that. Education at DMACC not only prepares you for a job . . . but for a life. Look over the sampling of programs to be offered this fall. There are more. If you don't find what you want here, give us a call. Agricultural Supply Auto Parts Specialist Banking Bricklaying-Masonry Clerical Clerk-Typist (6 Months) Commercial Cooking Commerical Horticulture Consumer Credit Management Electronics Maintenance Electronics Technology Executive Secretary Fashion Merchandising Health Care Administration Hotel & Restaurant Management Industrial Marketing Insurance Job Shop Machinist Legal Secretary Mechanical Drafting Medical Secretary Printing Real Estate Retail Marketing Retail Merchandising Respiratory Therapy Secretarial Securities Tool & Die Fall quarter begins September 9, but get your application in NOW. Tuition is $135.00 per quarter. 'Based upon Department of Labor reports. DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY L Ankeny Campus 2006 Ankeny Blvd. Ankeny, la. 50021 (515) 964-0651 COLLEGE Boone Campus 11 25 Hancock Dr. Boone, la. 50036 (515) 432-7203 Times Herald, Carroll, la. > f* Thursday, May 30, 1974 E U Committee, said coordination between all levels of government is important for recreational planning. He said that, more and more, developers are trying to minimize the ecological consequences of industrial development. All those interviewed agreed that the quality of life in Iowa now is good, and there was much speculation about what it will be in the future. Population growth seems to play a big part in whether Iowa's present quality of life will remain. "The feeling around the state is that most people would not want to see the state grow," Dr. Engle of the University of Iowa said. He feels growth isn't a threat to the quality of life, however. Scheffler of the Conservation Commission said, "I think too many people could pose a problem." He added, "I personally feel that development has gone far enough." Because of projected population increases throughout the country, many feel Iowa may attract out-of-state tourists because of the recreational facilities available. Scheffler doesn't feel Iowa will become a "tourist mecca." He added that he does not feel future development should be geared toward attracting out-of-state tourists. He would rather see the emphasis put on developing facilities for lowans. Distributed by the Iowa Daily Press ESTERN Satisfaction Guaranteed • Replacement or Money Refunded There's Never 974 THE TIME IS GROWING NEAR FOR THE NEW 1975 RCA LINE TO ARRIVE. WE MUST CLEAR OUR DISPLAY FLOOR IMMEDIATELY! HURRY IN, THESE WON'T LAST LONG!!! • WPWCEO RC/1 RUMHDOUS »* HOOR 0% Solid State «"*» itc/i AUTO Downtown Carroll

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