Marshalltown Parks and Recreation continues to expand the hard-surfaced Walk-Jog-Bicycle path begun several years ago. The path wanders through quiet countryside vistas as well as through residential and park areas. Click the thumbnails for a sampling of what awaits you…
While the area at left appears to be out in the middle of nowhere, it is less than half a mile from a primary city street. The view on the right runs along the southern banks of the Iowa River. This shot is along the approach to the northern edge of Riverview Park.
Whether you walk, run, jog, or bicycle, you will encounter many species of wild life and wild flowers along our hard-surfaced trail. These photographs were taken near the area shown in the preceding picture.
Careful planning by our Parks and Recreation department has resulted in a path that is easily reached from virtually any neighborhood in town, yet provides a quiet country setting over most of its length. Above far left: cyclists approach through the quiet countryside; above right three images: parts of the trail skirt along the Iowa River on the north side of the city.
Working with the Department of Natural Resources, the Parks and Recreation department has created a wetlands area in the northeast part of the city. Many species of wildlife (some migratory) inhabit this area and can be seen from the trail. A foot path off the hard-surfaced trail provides access to the inner areas of the wetlands.
Left: This covered bridge was a Matins Kiwanis project. It spans Linn Creek on the southeastern part of the Walk-Jog-Bike trail. Right: Another shelter provides a convenient place to rest for a moment along the trail. This shelter, which was built as an Eagle Scout project, is located in Judge Park, on the city's southwest side.