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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 construction of an accessible fishing pier will take place on the east edge of Terra Lake in Spring 2017. 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 Summer 2017 in order to allow the fish time to grow.

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This is a depiction of the amphitheater that will be located near Terra Lake.

Trail Status Updates:
1 - The new recreational trail west of Terra Lake, which is located in the Beaver Creek Natural Resources Area and replaces the Doc Brown Loop, is open to the public.

2 - The new trail connection from the Beaver Creek Natural Resources Area (near the new MidAmerican Energy substation) to NW 62nd Avenue is now open.

3 -
The regional trail, located south and west of Terra Lake is closed. Crews will work on this section of trail as soon as it's warm enough in 2017.

4 - Not pictured on map. The trail running along the east edge of Terra Lake is now closed. It will remain closed through mid June to allow for construction of the new fishing pier.
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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

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