Prairie Trail
Parks & Trails
Master Plan

City of Ankeny
Ankeny, IA
1,000 acres

The City of Ankeny wanted a plan that would make parks and trails one of the highlights of the Prairie Trail development, featuring active and passive public spaces and a network of trails that connect both regionally and nationally. 

The Parks & Trails Master Plan team sought public input during a 3-day charrette to help discover the needs of the community. The plan recommended development of Chautauqua Park, on the west side of State Street, north of SW Plaza Parkway and south of Prairie Trail Parkway. This park will serve as a regional trailhead for central Iowa trails including the Woodward, Neal Smith and Gay Lea Wilson Trail systems, along with providing trailhead access to the Iowa and National Discovery Trail Systems.