With its spectacular 130-foot-tall bridge over the Des Moines River, the High Trestle Trail draws more than 250,000 annual visitors from Iowa and beyond. Now Ankeny, at the other end of the 25-mile biking and pedestrian trail, wants to make its section just as memorable.
A proposal submitted to the Ankeny City Council calls for a host of improvements to the already popular byway, which runs 4.1 miles from its eastern trailhead through one of Iowa’s fastest-growing cities.
The plan includes temporary and permanent art installations at points along the trail. Included are 6- to 8-foot-tall sculptures of Iowa prairie animals, pocket parks, colorfully decorated under- and overpasses and a 15-foot-high trestle bridge sculpture under which the trail would pass.
The elaborate proposal document also envisions new signage that would make it easier for trail users to find their way.