The Marshalltown city council discussed and ultimately approved moving forward on a $50,000 contract for design services on two of the four local projects in the Linn Creek District to benefit from Destination Iowa grant funding during Monday night’s meeting on a 4-3 vote.

The city has received a total of $2 million in grant funding, which is administered through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), and the projects must be completed by the end of 2025 to qualify. As Parks and Recreation Director Geoff Hubbard explained, three applications were submitted for the trailhead and bridge work, and city staff and a steering committee decided that Snyder and Associates had the best proposal.

The Ankeny-based company is known for designing the High Trestle Trail Bridge and others around the Des Moines metro area, and Hubbard said he felt they could bring something “unique” to this project, which calls for the placement of a trailhead in the Linn Creek District and the construction of a bridge across the creek itself to connect to the Freedom Rock and the American Legion.





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