Ames Receives ‘Best Trail Project’ Award
The Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association recognized the Ames Public Works Department as part of its Excellence in Concrete awards for recreational trails constructed in 2016. The award was given for the extension of the Skunk River Trail and was formally presented to the Ames City Council at a recent meeting.
In the fall, the Association accepts nominations for the best concrete projects in the state. Those nominations go through an extensive analysis to ensure they've met the minimum criteria for consideration. Once screened, each submittal is assigned to one of four teams of judges for evaluation. In presenting the award, Association representative John Cunningham explained, “Iowa is recognized as the ‘Concrete State’ due to our strong history and leadership role in the industry. As a result, we tend to see a great deal of projects worthy of consideration for awards. Through this process, the Skunk River Trail extension was judged as the best trail project constructed in 2016.”
The nearly one-mile trail extension begins at River Valley Park, located off East 13th Street, and continues south along the South Skunk River. The $700,000 trail extension included clearing, grading, and fencing parts of the trail, which extends under a railroad bridge as it meanders towards East Lincoln Way. At East Lincoln Way, users may continue east or west. Future plans include extending the trail south to connect with Southeast 16th Street and the Hunziker Youth Sports Complex. From the north, the trail is paved from South River Valley Park to north of Carr Park.
Photo caption: From left, City of Ames Public Works Director John Joiner; Tracy Warner, Municipal Engineer, and John Cunningham, Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association, hold the recently presented award.