Coming soon, this completed trail will provide users greater access to Easter Lake Park. Snyder & Associates provided the conceptual, preliminary, and final design for more than five miles of 12-foot wide PCC recreational trail encompassing the Lake at Easter Lake Park. There are multiple pedestrian bridges along the alignment varying in length from 32 to 100-feet.
Trail design and construction were split into three phases. The design of the first and second phases occurred in 2013. Construction of Phase 1, which is 1.9 miles long and is located on the south side of the lake, occurred in 2013 costing $899,200. Phase 2 is 1.4 miles in length and makes a connection with the planned Ewing Park trail system at Indianola Avenue, then heads easterly through the park along the north side of Easter Lake to just beyond the park entrance. Construction occurred in 2014 and is estimated to cost $830,000. The third phase is approximately 2.25 miles in length and is planned to be designed and constructed in 2016 in coordination with a lake dredging project. This phase closes the gaps between phases 1 and 2 creating a complete 4.8-mile loop around the lake and will require modifications to the Easter Lake dam to incorporate a trail at water level along the entire dam length. Phase 3 is estimated to have a construction cost of $2,125,100.
Snyder & Associates coordinated with the Iowa DOT, Iowa DNR, and Army Corps of Engineers for environmental clearance, wetland mitigation, and trail construction throughout the park. Snyder & Associates also provided cost opinions, promotional brochures, and documentation to Polk County Conservation to assist in securing funding for the project.