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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 nearly complete. 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 on all of these areas is expected to be complete very soon.

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

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.

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, has been poured and will be open to the public by the end of the week.

2 - The new trail connection from the Beaver Creek Natural Resources Area (near the new MidAmerican Energy substation) to NW 62nd Avenue is currently under construction and is expected to be open around December 10, weather permitting.

3 -
The regional trail, located south and west of Terra Lake is NOT expected to open in 2016. Recent precipitation is making it impossible to pour concrete and temperatures will soon make it impossible to pour concrete as well. Crews will work on this section of trail as soon as it's warm enough in 2017.

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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 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