Iowa City Parks


Iowa City is home to forty-two public parks and natural areas, each with its own stories. As spaces of leisure and recreation, parks not only have ecologies of their own, but also interact with their urban surroundings. Currently, our project focuses on parks along the Iowa River, in consideration of the sensitive riparian zone and floodplain that these parks inhabit. We hope this website, accessible both at home and in the parks via internet-enabled mobile devices, will allow visitors to engage with their present park environments by taking a look back at their storied development throughout history.

iisc-logo-300x105City_of_Iowa_City_logoA partnership between the students of “Literature, Culture & Environment,” Fall 2015 and the City of Iowa City


Christopher Dolle – Chris is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Iowa.  His interests include contemporary literature, digital media, and literary ecology.

Laura Hayes – Laura is a doctoral student in English at the University of Iowa. She studies representations of the body in Victorian literature and culture.

Nathaniel Otjen – Nate graduated from the University of Iowa in May 2016 with a B.A. in both English and Anthropology. He will be attending the English Ph.D. program at the University of Oregon in the fall of 2016 where he will study environmental literature.

Paul Schmitt – Paul is a PhD student in English at the University of Iowa. His research interests include: 20th- and 21st-century literatures and environmental humanities.

Amos Stailey-Young – Amos is a PhD student in Film Studies in the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa. His research interests include: American cinema, genre, location shooting, tourism, landscape, and the natural environment. 

Sarita Zaleha – Sarita is a multidisciplinary artist and environmental activist. Her creative research explores environmental agency and our emotional engagement with the environment. She earned her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa in 2015.

Project coordinated by Barbara Eckstein

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