Project name:

Des Moines Nature Trail Assessment and Development Plan

Project description:

In early 2013, Kay-Linn Enterprises provided a park system-wide assessment of natural surface trails for Des Moines Parks and Recreation.  The project focused on current levels of sustainability, trail density, conflict minimization on shared-use trails, and opportunities for accessible trail-based recreation.  In partnership with Applied Trails Research, ground-truthed (GPS and GIS) conceptual plans were developed for a 6-mile mountain bike-focused trail system at Ewing Park, a 1.25-mile accessible trail at Grandview Park, a 0.5-mile neighborhood access trail at Beaverdale Park, and a 5-mile shared-use trail system at Greenwood/Ashworth Park.  Planning documentation included specification development for trails at each of the parks, implementation and prioritization recommendations, cost opinion, and funding information.

In late 2013, Kay-Linn Enterprises provided detailed field design, volunteer engagement and training, and project management for the City in the first phase of trail development at Ewing Park, bringing in an accomplished private trail contractor to lead the construction process.  The hybrid contracting orientation resulted in approximately 5 miles of new mountain bike trails and provide a best practices template for cost effective trail development in the area.

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