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  • Beth Dalbey
  • Wed June 19 2013
  • Posted Jun 19, 2013
Trail will honor longtime city manager Bob Layton, who served during a period of unprecedented growth in Urbandale.

A new trail honoring former city manager Bob Layton will run through Walnut Creek Regional Park and connect to major streets as a result of recent action by the Urbandale City Council.

The nearly $805,000 Bob Layton Trail will be a mile-long paved route that connects to Meredith Drive and Douglas Parkway, the Des Moines Register reported. Layton served as Urbandale’s city manager for 25 years, retiring in 2009.

The trail will serve as a major artery for cyclists, joggers and walkers, said Scott Hock, Urbandale’s assistant director for parks.“It’s a great link within the city and within the park system,” he said. “As we develop the regional park, everything will kind of stem off that trail.”

The new trail should be completed by year’s end.

Once the trails through the park and one under construction on Meredith Drive are completed, a loop will be closed linking them with trails on 156th Street to Hickman Road and on Douglas Parkway, and creating easy access to the regional Raccoon River Valley Trail.


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