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Terra Lake 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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Terra Lake's smallest visitors have started arriving!  In late March, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the City of Johnston Parks Department began stocking Terra Lake with fish.  Sixteen breeding-size largemouth bass were placed into Terra Lake, while bluegills will arrive in mid-April.  The fish will spawn this Spring and 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.  Channel catfish will be added to Terra Lake this Fall.

Phase II construction begins this Spring.  This phase focuses on the civic shelter and plaza near the great lawn, the west perimeter trail connection, the reconstruction of the regional trail section, the fishing pier on the east edge of the lake, and the reconstruction of the Crown Point parking lot. Construction on Phase II is expected to begin on July 1, with completion scheduled for December.  Construction bidding on Phase II will take place in May.


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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 Cost: $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: 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