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Council Bluffs hopes to transform through First Avenue Project

The city of Council Bluffs is looking to develop a multi-use trail on its old railroad corridor. It would link downtown Omaha with downtown Council Bluffs.
Posted at 5:48 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 18:48:54-05

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Ia. (KMTV) - Dreary winter weather might have Iowans wishing for a chance to enjoy the outdoors when the weather gets more pleasant. That's what the First Avenue Project is meant to do: provide a multi-use trail.

"It will have amenities throughout with seating areas, and bicycle parking and shaded areas, etc," Community Development Director Brandon Garrett said. "There will be trees planted along the way for a fall color corridor."

Garrett is already envisioning a bright future.

"Plazas scattered throughout, about 7 plazas in that two miles and those plaza areas will also incorporate pedestals for future art installations," Garrett said.

The trail will be 14 feet wide with a smooth, continuous surface. Residents like Julie Wymore are thrilled.

"It just adds more opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors and exercise and enjoy nature," Wymore said.

The city has divided the project into two segments. The first segment will go from 25th Street to 35th Street. The next phase will be in a later year Construction of the first segment could begin as early as April and wrap up in the fall. Garrett is already thinking about the bigger picture.

"The multi-use trail will serve multiple communities, not only within Council Bluffs, but also residents of Omaha but especially attracting new people to our metro," Garrett said.

For more information about the project, visit the Council Bluffs city website. About half of the cost of the trail will be funded by grants from the Iowa West Foundation.

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