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Estimated Cost: $5,448,200.  Project will be funded by grants, donations and tax dollars.

Estimated Start Date:  Project began on May 15, 2014

Estimated Full Completion Date: June 2017

Contractor for Phase One:  CJ Moyna & Sons, Inc.

Engineer: Snyder & Associates, Inc.

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

Project Description:

The City of Johnston is taking a decommissioned retention lagoon and turning it into 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. 

Click here for Terra Lake Video

Click here for 3D Animation

Click here for Phase One Project Design

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 the Des Moines metro.

Project Status:  Contractor CJ Moyna & Sons, Inc. of Elkader has already begun Phase 1 construction at the site.  This includes site removals, earthwork, storm sewer utility, groundwater well, lake construction, pedestrian trail and site restoration.

Crews began filling the lake with water in mid-September.  Here are two panoramic photos of that process:

9-18-14 Panoramic.jpg September 2014

water1_thumb.jpg October 20, 2014

Trail Closure:  Contractors have closed the east and north trails near Crown Point Community Center for construction.  This trail is currently closed, but should reopen sometime in November.  Click here for a map of the trail closure.