The west side of downtown Des Moines' Riverwalk will connect with the Inter-Urban and Neal Smith trail systems under a plan that goes before the city council tonight.

Why it matters: The project will connect some of the metro's most densely populated areas with hundreds of miles of other recreational trail systems.

What's happening: The council will vote on an agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation for the first $1.5 million phase of the Central Place Levee Trail.

  • The first 1.6-mile phase would connect Rotary Riverwalk Park to the intersection of Franklin and Second Avenues.
  • It would be paid via city, state and federal allocations with construction in 2024.

Zoom in: A second phase would run several miles further north, connecting the River Bend, Chautauqua Park and Prospect Park areas with multiple central Iowa trails.

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