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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 second and third phases of Terra Park construction are now underway. Crews are working on the Terra Park and Crown Point Community Center parking lots and the reconstruction of the regional trail located adjacent to Terra Lake. Crews are also working on an outdoor amphitheater and picnic and lakeside shelters. Construction of the north trail to replace the section removed in Spring 2015 (Eden Crest development) will begin in June. Construction on all of these areas is expected to be complete in December 2016.

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.  We want to stress that fishing is NOT allowed at Terra Lake until 2017 in order to allow the fish time to grow. 
In 2017, a beautiful new fishing pier will be constructed on the east side of Terra Lake.

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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

Contractor for Phase Two: Kingston Services, LLC

Estimated Cost for Phase Two:  $1,853,724

Estimated Completion Date of Phase Two:  December 1, 2016

Estimated Full Completion Date of Terra Park Construction: June 2017

Engineer: Snyder & Associates, Inc.

City Staff Project Contact:  Parks Director John Schmitz, 515.727.8091 or John's E-mail