Ride the edge...
Why River's Edge?
Those involved in this plan endeavored to create an unforgettable regional trail. The vision, created with the voices of the community, articulates a concept for an experience along the Iowa River—a concept to showcase the unique area of the Iowa River Valley and the communities that emerged because of river and rail. The project team is grateful for the contributions of everyone invested in the planning for Iowa River’s Edge Trail, who gave their time, ideas, and expertise to the creation of this plan. It is only because of their assistance and direction that this plan gained the necessary depth to truly understand the experience desired for the trail, and it is with their commitment that the plan will be implemented.
Vision & Goals
Accommodates all user groups.
Treats placemaking as economic development.
Ensures continuity among trail elements.
Protects the environment.
Inspires through art and nature.
Bridges communities of both town and country.
Highlights places of energy and those of quiet contemplation.
Trails are a new form of economic development and provide many benefits for the communities they serve. Organizers realized the need to create a full-on trail experience to be remembered and talked about. The Placemaking Master Plan was championed to think creatively about all aspects of the trail as an opportunity for a unique experience. This plan was tasked with providing communities and counties along Iowa River’s Edge Trail a guidebook for placemaking.
The dispersion of towns along the trail makes the route particularly appealing for active transportation. With no more than 6.9 miles between each town, users are comforted to know amenities are always close. But these towns add much more than a refuge for trail users. They represent a history of water and rail-oriented development and current agricultural hubs for the local economy. Each town is truly unique and has a special role to play in the River’s Edge experience.
AMERICAN DISCOVERY TRAIL
6,800+ miles of continuous, multi-use trail stretches from Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, to Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California. When complete, the trail will pass the south gateway to River’s Edge.