Great news! The Raccoon River Valley Trail is completed between Dallas Center and Minburn, and that’s now open for use. Total mileage of the RRVT now tops 80 miles, and work is well underway to complete the rest of the full 89-mile trail in the spring, making it one of the longest paved trails in the U.S. There’s good news on Minburn’s historic depot, too.
MINBURN, Iowa, December 15, 2012 — Another leg of the new “north loop” of the Raccoon River Valley Trail was completed this past week and is now “basically open” for use — the 5.9 miles between Dallas Center and this town of Minburn. And that means the loop is now completed from Waukee through Dallas Center and Minburn to Perry, and then on west to Dawson.
Total open and usable mileage on the RRVT is now 82.4, with just 6.6 additional miles remaining to be completed from Dawson, through Jamaica and on to Herndon. That should be completed in spring time, according to Mike Wallace, the Dallas County Conservation director who is managing the extension of the trail — in plenty of time for the June 1 “Grand Opening” celebration that has been scheduled for Perry.
Once the north loop is finished, the RRVT will become one of the longest paved trails in the U.S., with a total of 89 miles. The interior loop that is being formed between Waukee and Herndon will be 72 miles, and that will be the longest loop on any trail in the nation.
The stretch of trail just completed between Dallas Center and Minburn was built by Jasper Construction Services, of Newton, Ia.
Wallace reported that there is more good news, related to the RRVT, in Minburn.
“The community of Minburn has the old railroad depot there that they wanted to turn into a reception station at the trailhead,” he said. “They had some grants to help with that, but they had to raise local matching money, too, and they’ve been working on that for a long time. They just let me know that the fundraising is now completed, and they’re now ready to move the depot from its location near the grain elevator. It’ll be at the trailhead, right alongside the highway (U.S. Highway 169). Their plan is that half of the depot will become a local museum, and the other half will be a burger joint. That will be a really nice addition to Minburn, and it’ll mean that a historic building will be saved and put to new use.”