Located on the east side of the city, the Phase 3 trail begins at Scott Boulevard and extends 3,200 feet along Ralston Creek through Scott Park, joining an existing trail system also designed by MMS in the Windsor Ridge Subdivision.
The trail includes three bridges over Ralston Creek and 1,650 feet of trail spurs connecting the surrounding neighborhoods to Court Hill Trail and the Iowa City trail network. The majority of Scott Park is also a regional storm detention basin; the dam of the detention basin is also the base of Scott Boulevard.
Establishing the route of the trail was an interactive process that addressed the requirements of all stakeholders and the needs of adjacent property owners, trail users and users of other park amenities. MMS provided leadership during meetings, and developed maps and diagrams of alternative trail locations to facilitate the exchange of information between all parties.
The project was funded through a FHWA Federal Recreational Trail Grant. MMS Consultants assisted the city in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act process and in obtaining the required Section 404 permits.