Terra Park Project

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 Park, located at 6300 Pioneer Parkway.
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Project Status: A fishing pier is being constructed on the east edge of Terra Lake. The trail along the south and east edge of the lake is now closed due to the construction of the pier. Terra Lake is currently 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.

Check Out the Native Plantings Near Terra Park!



North and South Parking Lot Beds:

Adirondak Cabapple
Orange and Yellow Butterfly Milkweed
Praire Dropseed Grass
Black Eyed Susan
Karl Forester Feather Reed Grass

Middle Parking Lot Bed (North):
Hophornbeam – still to be planted
Purple Coneflower
Stella-de-Oro Daylilly
Red Penstemon
Monarda

Middle Parking Lot Bed (South):
Adirondak Crabapple
Purple Coneflower
Stella-de-Oro Daylilly
Karl Forester Feather Reed Grass

Fire Hydrant Bed:
Spirea – existing
Purple Coneflower
Stella-de-Oro Daylilly
Monarda

Handicap Parking Bed:
Katsura Tree
White Coneflower
Purple and Pink Salvia
Monarda
Red Penstemon

Front of Crown Point Building (East):
Viburnum – existing
PJM Rhododendren – existing
Tree Hydrangea – existing
Coneflower mix – existing and new
White Iris – existing
Russian Sage – existing
Yarrow – existing
Black Eyed Susan - existing
Redbud
Stella-de Oro Daylilly
Praire Dropseed Grass
Coreopsis Moonbeam
Red Hibiscus
Birch Leaf Spirea
Baby’s Breath
Purple and White Liatris
Arkansas Blue Star
Hummelo Lamb’s Ear

Front of Crown Point Building (West):
Viburnum – existing
Tree Hydrangea – existing
Coneflower mix – existing
White Iris – existing
Russian Sage – existing
Black Eyed Susan – existing
Yellowood Tree
Stella-de-Oro Daylilly
Priare Dropseed Grass
Coreopsis Moonbeam
Birchleaf Spirea
Baby’s Breath
Purple and White Liatris
Arkansas Blue Star
Hummelo Lamb’s Ear
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More Project Information: Plans are 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.

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