The Raccoon River Valley Trail is owned and managed by the Conservation Boards in Greene, Guthrie and Dallas Counties.
The Union Pacific's abandonment of its railroad line in Guthrie and Dallas Counties opened the way for a 33-mile "north loop" addition to the Raccoon River Valley Trail.
This added Jamaica, Dawson, Perry, Minburn, and Dallas Center to the list of communities accessible to trail users.(Click on the map for a larger version)
The many benefits of recreational trails to users and trailside communities have become obvious over the the last few decades.
The City of Dallas Center is responsible for supporting the two-mile long, 10-ft wide portion of the concrete or asphalt trail across our city limits, and has received two $75,000 REAP Grants for the project.
The first grant was used for the city's acquisition of the portion of the railroad line within the Dallas Center city limits, and the second one will be used for the development of the portion of the trail through the city.
Additional funding will be sought from multiple agencies, organizations, and private sources to complete the Dallas Center part of the project.
Current planning calls for the trailhead to be located near the intersection of 14th Street and Walnut St.
Below are different options being considered for the design and location of Dallas Center's Raccoon River Valley trailhead, and you can click on each of the images below for a larger version. (The drawings can also be viewed at City Hall.)