Terra Park Improvements

Picture a beautiful eight acre fishing lake that will be surrounded by a great lawn for concerts and games, an open air civic shelter for large gatherings, a picnic pavilion, smaller shelters, a fishing pier, trails, children’s play structures that will be handicap accessible, and numerous native plantings. That is what the city of Johnston has planned for Terra Lake, located at 6300 Pioneer Parkway.
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Project Status: The construction of an accessible fishing pier on the east edge of Terra Lake is currently underway. The trails on the south and east edges of the lake are now closed due to construction. Terra Lake is now stocked with breeding-size largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegills. The fish will provide the start of a healthy population of fish. Fishing is not allowed at Terra Lake until Summer 2017 in order to allow the fish time to grow.

We expect the fishing pier will be open to the public in mid to late June.

We expect the Terra Park construction project to be complete by November 30.
More Project Information: Plans are also in the works for an addition to the adjacent Crown Point Community Center to add more programming space for the City's Senior Programs, and to introduce new outdoor educational and experiential learning programs. In addition, soft trails will be developed within the adjacent Beaver Creek Natural Resources Area to accommodate walkers and runners who want to get off the hard trails. These will double as the perfect spot for cross-country skiing in the winter! The Terra Lake Project will tie three integral areas (Terra Park, Beaver Creek Natural Resources Area, and Crown Point Community Center) together to create a massive, 200 acre park that will no doubt be enjoyed by the residents of Johnston and people from across Greater Des Moines.

Estimated Full Cost of Terra Park: $5,448,200. Project will be funded by grants, donations and tax dollars.
Start Date: Construction began on May 21, 2014
Estimated Full Completion Date of Terra Park Construction: Fall 2017
Engineer: Snyder & Associates, Inc.
City Staff Project Contact: Parks Director John Schmitz, 515.727.8091 or John's E-mail