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Waukee Council approves plan preserving local name

The Waukee City Council approved a plan that seemed to appease both the Council and Alice Nizzi’s family during their Monday night council meeting.

A revised plan was proposed which would mainain the name Alice’s Road – named after longtime resident and Alice’s Spaghetti Land owner Alice Nizzi– from the northern city limits to University Avenue. A new name, Grand Prairie Parkway, would be used south of University Avenue to I-80. The resolution recommends the construction of a $400,000 park between Hickman Road and Douglas Parkway that will be named “Alice Nizzi Park.” The proposed plans include a three-acre park themed to recognize Nizzi’s contributions to Waukee’s history. The timeframe for the proposed park is three to five years.

“The City Council and I listened to our citizen’s concerns,” said Waukee Mayor Bill Peard. “Those who are passionate about the legacy of Alice Nizzi brought many good points to our attention at the last council meeting. Our goal as a council was to find a common ground with the Nizzi family while balancing what’s best for Waukee’s future.”

Also recommended in the resolution is the designation of the “Alice’s Road Historical Area” between Hickman Road and Meredith Drive through signage identifying the roadway and area. Members of the Nizzi family attended the city council meeting and expressed their happiness toward the mayor and council in their plans to honor their family member. Alice Nizzi’s great-niece, Jennifer Speers, addressed the council and told them how much she appreciated their working with her family. “We had an extremely productive meeting,” said Speers. “We felt genuinely heard. We are happy with the agreement that was made between the city and my family.” Speers acknowledged that the council struggled with their decision about the road naming. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Speers said. The new roadway, Grand Prairie Parkway, will run through Kettlestone, a 1,500-square-foot mixed-use development plan in Waukee that was unveiled at the end of April.

The Council’s decision comes after close to 40 residents took to the stands two weeks ago at the Council meeting. Many voiced their opinions against the name Grand Prairie Parkway, which was proposed to be named from Hickman Road to I-80.

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