Click HERE for PDF of the report.
Ashton House Project
Project GREEN will partner with the City of Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department on the landscaping at the historic Ned Ashton House, 820 Park Road in Iowa City. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001, the structure was built in 1947 by Edward L. “Ned” Ashton as a private residence. Ashton, who has been called “the most distinguished bridge engineer in the history of Iowa” was a professor of civil engineering at the
University of Iowa. After the historic flood of 2008, the City of Iowa City purchased the home through the Community Development Block Grant property acquisition program. As part of the requirements for purchasing this home, the city agreed to develop a plan that would preserve the historic nature and unique architecture of the home and help protect it from future flooding. The house will be used as a community event center, and will accommodate up to a hundred people for meetings, reunions, parties, weddings, and receptions.
The site features plentiful wildflowers and a number of historic trees and shrubs which remain from the Ashtons’ original plantings. Project GREEN will design, implement, and maintain the landscaping, which will include reestablished historic perennial beds, parking-lot screening, and colorful perennial borders, as well as decorative planters and other flood-resistant plantings. Signage will identify historic trees, plantings, and unique site features. We have secured grant money from the Community Foundation of Johnson County to fund portions of the project, and will be seeking additional funds through other grants and private donations. Planting is scheduled to begin in June 2014, and we will be recruiting volunteers for planting and maintenance of this ongoing hands-on project. We look forward to establishing this as a site which the public will identify with Project GREEN, and signage will recognize our contribution to and ongoing maintenance of the site. The beautiful house and grounds, as well as the gorgeous natural riverside setting, make this truly a community treasure.
Exhibit B Landscaping Plans, Click HERE
Click HERE to see: Project GREEN co-president Cindy Parsons talks about plans for the Ashton House. Press-Citizen