A new wetlands was created just east of Chautauqua Park by the Iowa DOT as part of their mitigation program. A new walking-only trail was created by mowing a path through the grass, and it will continue to be mowed during the growing season. Volunteers built a small bridge to cross a small drainage ditch next to the wetlands.
This from Ron Blair, April 20, 2012 -- "We've been working hard this week to complete the walking trail spur east of Chautauqua Park. Special thanks to Pete Tollenaere for design/structural advice. Also to workers Brian Stains, Chris Hallinger, and especially Bill Pollak. Guest appearances from Bob Hoerlein and Barney Potratz helped us at critical junctures. This little bridge needs to support Park & Rec's mowers."
Top photos by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, April 22, 2012 and August 31, 2014; bridge photos by Ron Blair Apr 2012.
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