Speed limit being trimmed to raise safety at Hula Hoop Tree


FILE – This Oct. 9, 2018 file photo shows hula hoops dangling off the limbs of a tree in Monticello, Iowa. Liability concerns have been raised about the Hula Hoop Tree that sits alongside a county road in eastern Iowa.
The Jones County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to discuss the concerns at the board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 in Anamosa. The discussion could include proposals to move it, tear it down or find another tree or place for the hoops. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)

AMBER, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa board of supervisors has voted to reduce the speed limit near the Hula Hoop Tree that sits alongside a county road.

The Gazette reports that the Jones County board voted Tuesday to cut the limit to 35 mph from 55 mph on about 900 feet of the road.

The supervisors made their move after liability concerns were raised. County Sheriff Greg Graver has said the tree’s location near Amber makes it an unsafe place for motorists to stop. Possible solutions included moving the leafless, dead oak elsewhere, tearing it down or finding another tree or place for the hoops.

Some local folks say the first hula hoop on the tree was blown there during a storm, but there are other, competing versions about what happened. Hundreds of colorful hoops now adorn what’s become a quirky landmark that’s drawn visitors from around the Midwest and beyond.

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