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Des Moines trail closures reach "painful" level this summer

Floral signs along the Bill Riley Trail

Photo: Courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Recreation

Des Moines is undergoing an unusually high number of trail closures and construction this summer, resulting in a "painful" period for outdoor enthusiasts, says city parks planner Colby Fangman.

Why it matters: The city's extensive trails link people across the metro, and closures can cause major disruption, especially in the summertime.

  • But they're also necessary to help bring the next generation of smoother, safer trails.