Water Trails

The first access point for the regional project water trails project will officially open to the public on Friday, August 23. The new carry-down access point on Beaver Creek, located on NW 70th Street, just east of NW 86th Street, in Johnston, is the first of the 86 sites of improvement throughout the metro aimed at encouraging engagement with the waterways.

“Opening this access point is the first step in better connecting the City of Johnston and the entire Central Iowa region to the water,” said Mayor Paula Dierenfeld. “This is an important quality of life amenity for residents and visitors, and we are proud to take a leading role in making Johnston a natural starting point for the regional system.”

The project was made possible due to a generous land donation by Corteva Agriscience. Founded in Johnston Iowa as Pioneer Hi-Bred International in 1926, Corteva has more than 2,000 employees based at the company’s Johnston Global Business Center who are dedicated to improving the lives of those who produce and those who consume.

“Donating land for this access point demonstrates our commitment to the Johnston community and the water trails project, which will enhance the quality of life for our employees, the City of Johnston and all of Central Iowa,” said Judd O’Connor, President of U.S. Commercial Business at Corteva Agriscience. “Advancing this project will help our efforts to continue to attract talented employees.”

More information on the Greater Des Moines Water Trails and Greenways can be found here (PDF).

Access located on NW 70th Street, just east of NW 86th Street in Johnston


Access Point at Lew Clarkson Park

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Access from Lew Clarkson Park

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Access to Beaver Creek from Terra Park

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Rendering of access point near Merle Hay Road and the Interstate at the Gateway