Swisher Woods

Cleanup and Trail Marking on Swisher, 2020

  • In May, volunteers refreshed the pink flags along the trails in Swisher Woods. Entrances are at North Sunset and Glencrest. Sunset has a 1/10 mile loop with a connector to Glencrest. If you continue all the way to Glencrest, it is nearly 1/2 mile. The Sunset loop is flat. The Glencrest piece is more challenging: it goes down a gradual incline, wanders through the bottom, then meanders back up.
  • On April 22, heavy, dilapidated lampposts dumped long ago on the Swisher Tract were removed by Jim Glasgow and Greg Stiltner at no expense to the City. 
  • Also in April, community volunteers began pulling invasive garlic mustard while maintaining proper distancing.

Tree Risk Mitigation Project Completed in 2020

Proposal for Tree Risk Mitigation on the Swisher Tract, Fall 2019 (PDF) The goal of this project was to improve the safety of the area by felling or removing trees that were dead or deemed dangerous by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) district forester.

Conditions on Swisher


Purchase of Swisher

On June 14, 2018, the City of University Heights purchased the Swisher Tract at public auction for $480,000.

May 1, 2018 University Heights Special Election Bond Issue

  • 184 Voters: 24.4% turnout
  • Yes - 139 - 76% (60% required)
  • No - 45 - 24%

"Shall the City of University Heights, in Johnson County, State of Iowa, enter into a loan agreement and issue its bonds in an amount not exceeding the amount of $1,800,000 for the purpose of paying the cost, to that extent, of acquiring and developing land for use as a municipal park and green space to protect air quality, water quality in streams, natural areas and wildlife habitat?"