Enhancing Education, Wellness, and Attracting Iowans of all Ages

The Des Moines River Trail has the ability to enhance the education of users by allowing them to learn about the outdoors in an urban setting. The trail will traverse past a popular winter roosting area for bald eagles and provides an incredible opportunity to educate users about our national bird. In addition, a goal of the trail is to increase wellness by encouraging people to recreate for enjoyment and fitness. It also seeks to reduce the number of people driving cars for transportation by creating a trail that connects to popular destinations. As a result, more people will begin to bicycle for commuter purposes while at the same time becoming healthier through increased physical activity.

This trail will attract people of all ages and will incorporate slopes that meet all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Trails allow for many different activities which attract wide varieties of people such as bicyclists, walkers, runners, inline skaters, cross country winter skiers, anglers looking for a good fishing hole along the river, bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. There are few opportunities for an escape into a natural environment so close to the dense urban environment of downtown Des Moines, so this trail promises to be a very popular location for downtown’s many visitors and residents.

Promoting Healthy Environments

Being an outdoor facility that encourages people to live a more active and healthier lifestyle, this trail will also seek to be more sustainable through the use of recycled asphalt as a base for the trail. In addition, by encouraging people to bicycle for transportation and fitness, this facility seeks to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and increase the livability of the community.