25-Year Plan to Revitalize Greenbelt Park

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CLIVE, Iowa -- A major plan to revitalize Clive’s Greenbelt Park Trail network is in the works. The trail system connects many of Clive’s neighborhoods and is a big draw for the community.

With all the joggers, bikers and people just out for a stroll on the Greenbelt Trail, the city of Clive decided it was necessary to create a master plan for its future.

“It’s so important that we’ve spent the last year or a little bit better really studying it and figuring out for the next 25 years, what is this incredible asset going to look like,” said Clive Mayor Scott Cirksena.

That plan was revealed Wednesday, focusing on two main aspects of the trail.

“The Greenbelt itself is primarily a recreational corridor, and that’s where most people in the community, and also the region, see its greatest benefit. But closely behind that, I would say would be improving water quality, reducing flooding and improving habitat,” said Ryan Peterson, project manager of RDG Planning and Design.

With 92 percent of the Walnut Creek watershed draining through Clive, Peterson said improvements like rain gardens are going to be placed in key areas. In terms of recreation, safety is a top concern for those who use the trails.

“These corners, they’re pretty tight, and sometimes you can’t get all the way over, to where you should be and that can be a problem. So hopefully no one gets hurt,” said runner Brad Nielsen. “It’s a beautiful trail. I’m out here three nights a week after work running.”

The other main goal is to connect more neighborhoods and lengthen the trail, making things like shops and food trucks more accessible, which bodes well for the city.

“When we talk to people that are either re-locating here, or have located here or are even existing residents, they consistently tell us that quality of life amenities like what’s offered through the trail system and the park system are hugely important to them,” Cirksena said.

The 25-year plan goes before the Clive City Council for approval in August.

Renovations this year include completely replacing a section of trail from 142nd Street to 149th Street. That work will be done in September or October.

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