University Park

University ParkUniversity Park is a small, quiet community. They are strictly a residential community with about 175 dwellings and a population of 536. In the north central section of the community is the former campus of Vennard College, the buildings and grounds of which are still active through many community endeavors including a miniature golf course and a tennis court which are open to the public. University Park also has a community center that is available to rent for receptions and family gatherings, has two basketball courts, a baseball diamond, an outdoor shelter, and a playground.


(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010)

Population: 487
Total Area (in square miles): 0.77
Land Area (in square miles): 0.77
Water Area (in square miles): 0

Housing Units

Total Housing Units: 206
Occupied Housing Units: 191
Vacant Housing Units: 15
Seasonal, Recreational, or occasional use: 0

Mahaska County Labor Force (Source:Iowa Workforce Development)
May 2016 (April 2016 in parenthesis)
Not seasonally adjusted - Benchmark: 2014

Resident Civilian Labor Force 11,920 (11,950)
Resident Unemployed: 430 (440)
Percent Unemployed: 3.6 (3.7)
Resident Total Employed: 11,480 (11,500)
Labor Mgmt. Disputes
(# Persons)
0 (0)

(Note: Labor Force Statistics are only available county-wide through IWD)

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Government Information

Type of Government

Contact Information
Mayor: George Toubekis
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City Clerk: Steve Tucker

City Council Members:
Sarah Kargol, Colleen Platt, Ben Doak, Stephen Kelly and Linda Russell

Meeting Notices: The University Park City Council meets the 1st Tuesday of each month.

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Community Information

Who to Call

Phone: U.S. West Communications
Cable: MediaCom
Trash/Recycling: LDI, Inc.
Utilities: MidAmerican Energy
Water/Sewer: Mahaska Rural Water

Licenses & Permits

Building permits are required for all new construction; also to enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert or demolish any building or structure in the city. Building permits are obtained from the City Clerk. Residents must submit a drawing of work to be done showing dimensions and placement on the property as well as approximate cost of the project. This should be submitted to the City Clerk in time to be put on the monthly agenda. There is no fee for the building permit, but a there is a $60 charge for inspection which is handled by Oskaloosa.

Ordinance Synopsis

University Park has a Code of Ordinances book which includes nuisance, curfew, offenses against peace and safety of residents, animals, and snow removal. Most of the ordinances are compliant with the City of Oskaloosa. The Mayor, clerk, and all council members have a copy of the ordinance book should anyone have any questions.

Other Information

City Council meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Community Center (1204 Center Street) at 7 p.m.

Trash/Recycling pick-up is currently on Thursdays. Garbage is paid through a sticker system. Stickers are purchased at the Casey's General Store on 9th Ave East. Recycling bins can be purchased from the City Clerk for $5.

The City of University Park is protected by the Mahaska County Sheriff Department.

The Community Center is available for rent for a fee of $50. The center is equipped with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, seven 8-foot tables, and 70 chairs. Call (515) 329-5767 to make reservations. Reservations should be made as early as possible.