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Parts of the Loop Trail will be closed temporarily, beginning August 15, 2016

Contractors plan to began work on Aug 15 on the city sewer line. Since some of the pipes run under or near the Loop Trail, parts of the Trail will need to be closed for periods of time.

Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions about how the sewer construction will affect the Loop Trail. (PDF)

Dateline, Aug 12, 2016 - Press release from French-Reneker - SM Hentges of Jordan Minnesota will begin work on the STEP 1 Sanitary Sewer Improvements on Monday, August 15th. Construction is expected to last through summer 2017. The STEP 1 improvements include installation of 54-inch and 48-inch sanitary sewer pipe from the wastewater treatment plant on Marigold Blvd to Lamson Woods. These improvements, along with pending improvements to the wastewater treatment plant, are part of a phased improvement program to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows within the City of Fairfield.

SM Hentges will begin with mobilizing and preparing for boring under U.S. Highway 34 (the freeway). Construction traffic will be utilizing 227th, Marigold Blvd, Park Street, and Mint Blvd. The public should be aware of increased traffic on these roads and watch for turning vehicles. These roads should not be closed, but may be decreased to one lane from time to time. The loop trail will eventually be closed near mile marker 14.75. Stay tuned to the Jefferson County Trails website and facebook page for updates. The trail closure will include advance warning signs near mile marker 14.25 and 15.5.

Trail Closure Map

Click here to see a PDF version of the map, which you can enlarge.

   Kent Rice built a new door for the restroom at Pleasant Lake.  Photo taken July 26, 2016, supplied by Frank Broz.

Restroom door

   Winners of the annual Jefferson County Trails Council (JCTC) Scavenger Hunt were announced.  Held from May 28 to July 1, 2016, drawings for prizes took place July 1 during Fairfield's 1st Fridays Art Walk.

   Community 1st Credit Union employees volunteered on the Fairfield Loop Trail, Oct 12, 2015.  See details here.

   Drive on the Loop Trail, Sunday, Oct 18, 2015.  See details in this PDF, and on this PDF.

   Maintenance Day, Saturday, Oct 10, 2015.  Details in this PDF.  All welcome.

   Ride the Trails with Werner Elmker - watch it on You Tube here.  This video was recorded June-July 2015.  Most of the footage was taken riding a bike.  The video shows segments of the 16-mile Fairfield Loop Trail, Neff Wetlands, Lamson Woods, Whitham Woods, Chautauqua Park, Cedar View Trail and Jefferson County Park.

   New - Aerial photos of the Loop Trail here. Photos from an airplane.

   JCTC 2015 Scavenger Hunt.  News about it, and the results are here.

   Spring Maintenance Day took place on Saturday, May 16, and included updating our Loop Trail maps.  See photos of our maps and a press release here.

   See Upcoming Summer Trail Events on this PDF.

   The Trails Council had displays at two events (Sat, April 18, 2015)See photos here.

   Fairfield achieves Certified Blue Zones Community Status (April 10, 2015)

From the Blue Zones Project press release: "Fairfield has demonstrated its dedication to improved well-being and is well deserving of Blue Zones Community certification," said Katrina Worlund, Healthways senior vice president, Blue Zones Project.  "This community has begun to see positive results, including a significant decrease in tobacco usage at a large worksite and an increase in trail usage (emphasis added).  Fairfield’s citizens will reap benefits from these changes for years to come."  Read the entire story here.

   JCTC & CVB at Bike Expo (Jan 24, 2015)

The Jefferson County Trails Council (JCTC), in partnership with the Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), attended the Iowa Bike Expo in Des Moines on January 24.  Read Stephen Pedrick's report and see photos here.  This free one-day expo hosts over 4,500 people shopping for destinations, gear, bikes, and more.

   Fairfield Loop Trail Use Tops 25,000, according to Iowa DOT count.  Read the report here. (Jan 14, 2015)

   Winner of the first annual First National Bank and Jefferson County Trails Council “Trailing Nature” photo competition was announced.  See the story and photos here. (Dec 2, 2014)


   Educational trail signs recently installed along the Loop Trail (Nov 3, 2014)

There are 25 of these educational trail signs throughout the trail system.  Trail Facts are funded by grants from The Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Fairfield.  See the images of these signs here.

Art on the trails


   More Trees Planted on Loop Trail (Oct 2014)

Crab apple trees were planted next to the Loop Trail section along the east side of Hwy 1, across from the Jefferson County Health Center  These match the 25 trees planted on west side last year.  Funded by Trees Forever Branching Out grant.  See photos and more of the Trees Forever story here.


   Report on Fall Maintenance Day, Saturday, Oct 4, 2014

See Chris Meyers' report and photos here.


   Report on Spring Maintenance Day

It had been a wet spring/summer and the trail was in need of a little work.  We had a great turnout for the Spring Maintenance Day and we hope to accomplish even more on Saturday, October 4th.  More details here on a PDF.


Photography Classes Held Sept 28th (click on photo for more photos)
Photo class

Landscape and Macro Photography Classes were given by Radim Schreiber along the Loop Trail.  There were 8 students in the Advanced Class, and 6 for the Beginners.  Stephen Pedrick reports, "In all, the classes went very well.  Jami Johnson and Darin Hayne did a great job organizing the event, and it was well received by the students.  Radim also had a good time teaching the class.  Everyone involved is looking forward to another class in the future."


   Commemorative Plaque Added to Loop Trail markers (Aug 23, 2014) -   Photos here.

Commemorative Plaque

A JCTC Commemorative Plaque was added to the Fairfield Loop Trail markers near the Maasdam Barns.  These markers indicate the beginning and the end of the Fairfield Loop trail.


   Report on Kiosk Upgrades (July 8, 2014)

The kiosks along and near the Loop Trail were repaired and refurbished by a crew of volunteers, and new single-panel kiosks were built and installed.  New maps will be added soon.  See photos here.


New article about the Loop Trail by Ron Blair (June 6, 2014)

Ron Blair on Hwy 1 bridge

See an article by Ron Blair in the June 2014 issue of The Iowa Source magazine about the history of the Fairfield Loop Trail.


   Report on Loop Trail Maintenance Day (May 3, 2014)

Chris Meyers, our Maintenance Chairperson, wants to take time to thank everyone for all of their hard work on Saturday, and report on the accomplishments.   See his report here.


   Loop Trail Maintenance Day (May 3, 2014)

Join us for a fun day to spruce up the Fairfield Loop Trail and keep it in great shape!  See details on this PDF.


   JCTC & CVB at Bike Expo (Jan 25, 2014)

The Jefferson County Trails Council (JCTC), in partnership with the Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), attended the Iowa Bicycle Summit and Expo in Des Moines on January 25.  Read Stephen Pedrick's report and see photos here.  The Bicycle Expo is a trade show for bicycle manufacturers, performance-food companies, and trail advocacy groups, held every January.

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