This project began as part of the Great River Gateway Vision Iowa project, which is providing funding for improvements to the City of Burlington and Des Moines County community and tourism attractions - including Big Hollow Recreation Area, Burlington Public Library, Des Moines County Heritage Center, Burlington Memorial Auditorium, Burlington Bees baseball (Community Field) and the Flint River Trail. The City of Burlington and Des Moines County have been working cooperatively to complete all of these projects, including the Flint River Trail, which will be the first significant multi-mile trail planned in Southeast Iowa.
The planned trail is approximately 20 miles and will extend from downtown Burlington to Big Hollow Recreation Area in northern Des Moines County. Once completed, the trail will connect the Mississippi River Trail, downtown Burlington, the Port of Burlington, Riverside Park, Starr's Cave Park & Preserve, Thye Woods Habitat Preserve, Historic Zion School, and Big Hollow Recreation Area through the Flint River Valley. The trail will be primarily separated from roadways for safety and enjoyment of the users.
2013 - Opening of bike and pedestrian ramp from Riverwalk Park to Bluff Rd Phase III
2012 - Opening of a portion of Trail, Phase II completed (Tama Road to Mill Dam Road access)
2011 - Construction of a portion of Flint River Trail in Burlington
2011 - Groundbreaking of a portion of Phase IV in Burlington
2010 - Groundbreaking of northern portion of Flint River Trail in Des Moines County
2009 - Brush clearing (Wal-Mart Volunteers) on a portion of Phase IV, located north of Tama Road
2009 - Completed reconstruction of former rail bridge over Flint River, north of Case Company
2009 - Portion of trail has been filled and graded from Tama Road, south to Flint River Phase IV
The cost to complete the 20 mile Flint River Trail is expected to be near $6.45 million dollars. To date, over 60% of the funds have been secured by Des Moines County, the City of Burlington, and through various state and federal grants as seen below. To complete the trail more grant funding will be needed, as well as local support from the community. A goal has been set to raise $645,000 in local funding from the community.
Des Moines County $379,000 Des Moines County (FY09-11) $379,000 State Rec Trails $360,000 Federal Rec Trails $220,000 LAWCON $17,000 Statewide Enhancement $555,745 Statewide Enhancement $474,345
City of Burlington $315,434 Vision Iowa $521,000 BRTA $697,036 DMC Transportation Alt $823,465 REAP ('07, 08, 09, 12, 13, 14) $900,000