TRAIL BUSINESS: Ankeny Market And Pavilion Planned

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Since the new High Trestle Trail opened, Ankeny has been seeing more bike traffic through town and the city is now taking advantage of it.

“Our department alone gets a lot of calls from people outside the metro, outside the state looking for the best way to access the High Trestle Trail. As well as a place to stay over the weekend while they are riding,” says Nick Lenox of Ankeny Parks and Recreation.

The city is starting a new project called Ankeny Market and Pavilion or AMP. Leaders want it to be Ankeny’s epicenter for community activities.

It will be a trailhead, events pavilion, and the home of the farmer’s market.

The $1.5 million project is planned in uptown Ankeny near the current farmer’s market location. Fundraising is expected to take a year, with a groundbreaking after that. The pavilion could open in 2015.

Wednesday night, Governor Branstad joined city leaders to kick off fundraising for the project at an event held at Parkview Middle School.

Branstad said he’s seen Ankeny grow a lot during his years in office, and he’s proud to see the next step the city is taking. After addressing the crowd the governor hopped on a bike and took a short ride at the bike rodeo.