Ewing Park mountain bike advocates fight against opposition
Dozens of supporters of a proposed mountain bike park on Des Moines' east side will attend a city council meeting tonight to counter opposition, Dave McCloney, president of Central Iowa Trail Association (CITA), tells Axios.
Why it matters: It could make or break the project.
- There was enough opposition from nearby residents to a city survey last month to require supermajority council approval — at least six of seven votes — to rezone the area for the $2.2 million park.
Catch up fast: Copper Creek Mountain Bike Park would border Pleasant Hill and connect the Gay Lea Wilson Trail just off East University Avenue.
- The 50-acre project is proposed by Polk County Conservation, which purchased much of the undeveloped land last year.
The other side: Opponents fear the park could increase illegal activities like dumping, destroy wildlife habitat and exacerbate flood risks.
- Yes, but: McCloney and conservation officials told Axios the project will instead address and improve each of those issues through natural restorations and security enhancements.
What's next: Tonight's meeting begins at 5.
- If approved, the park could be constructed and open as soon as spring 2024.
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