The Story of Kiwanis Park by John Dane
My father (Longtime noon Kiwanian Hal Dane) bought the 40 acres in 1937. I bought it from him in 1952. We grew corn and beans on it until 1992, when it began to be developed. The developers (Gene Kroeger and John Moreland) said they did not wish to build anything in the flood plain which included Willow Creek and everything west of it. I went to an Iowa City Parks and Recreation Committee meeting and told them I would donate 14 acres for an Iowa City park if they would name it Kiwanis Park. The Chairman said, "Mr. Dane, if you wish to donate 14 acres for an Iowa City Park, you can name it anything you want!" Thus it became Kiwanis Park. End of story.
I have many fond memories of working that land. My Dad and I built the original bridge (long gone) over the creek so that we could get farm machinery across. My Dad and I also did some make shift flood control work. The remnants of the fence we built is still imbeddedin some trees there. The last time I had a combine on the Kiwanis Parkland was 1992.