FIT - Friends of Indianola Trails

FIT - Friends of Indianola Trails


Things I've seen on the bike trail from Indianola to Carlisle: All your normal suspects; snakes, turtles, cats, dogs, squirrels, rabbits, deer, chipmunks, groundhogs, skunks, mink, geese, ducks, pheasants, 'coons, 'possums, a stray calf, goats, horses, hikers, bikers. Some of the rarer things I've seen are bikers older than me, a bald eagle and a bobcat. Even more unusual was the mountain lion crossing in front of me. Even more unusual than that was the naked lady and the most unusual was the beautiful opera singer who actually sang me a song from "Phantom of the Opera" to prove that my idea of 'opera' was misinformed. It surprises me that I haven't seen a muskrat or a beaver (well except for that naked lady).
I would like to extend an invite to everyone in the community. Vaughn Enterline and I are putting on a gravel bike race to raise money for the American Legion. If you haven’t heard of a gravel grinder before or are wanting to try one out this a perfect race! If you can’t ride and want to help out anyway feel free to send me a message! We can always take help and the more hands on deck the better to support more local Veterans! 🚴‍♂️❤️
I have funds for the purchase/placement for a bench like the ones now found along Summerset Trail. An old biking buddy recently died and he and I biked thousands of miles on central Iowa trails many on Summerset. We think such a bench would be a fitting memorial for Mike and need to know how to go about it. Help!

An organization dedicated to foster the development, safety, and promotion of commuter and recreational trails in Indianola and Warren county Iowa.

Mission: Foster the development, safety, maintenance and promotion of commuter and recreational trails in Indianola and Warren County

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Are you familiar with the Des Moines Bicycle collective? They do lots of great things like refurbishing old bikes to donate to children and adults in need. You are Key to Sustaining Momentum With broad support from employers, city leaders and passionate residents, the Des Moines Bicycle Collective made tremendous progress to make our community more active, healthy and inviting in 2017. Bike Giveaway: Partnered with nonprofits, public schools and volunt...

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[11/02/17]   The. Hillbilly Hike is seeking a volunteer to sweep (follow last runner/walker by bike or on foot) the trail of half marathon course from the Indianola high school to Hillcrest on Saturday morning from 8 AM until 8:30 AM. The objective is simply to make sure everyone makes it to Hillcrest as the Indianola Safety Team takes over at Hillcrest. Anyone willing to help?


Too cute not to share.

Just a doggo riding a bike 😂

The Carlisle Nature Trail has made the finals of the People's All Star Tournament! Please click on pic below to go to Iowa League of Cities page and then Like the pic to vote. Thanks everyone who has helped get us this far...let's bring this on home!!! PASS THE WORD...we are neck and neck for the win. The deadline is noon Thursday to vote.

The City of Carlisle Nature trail serves not only as safe, important pedestrian and bicycle transportation medium within the city, but regionally between the cities of Indianola and Des Moines.

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Public service announcement for the I-town Dad's. 🚴🏾

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The Des Moines Register

Check this out.

Check out what West Des Moines has planned for its park system — it includes a 26.2-mile trail loop.

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Indianola Parks & Recreation

This cold winter weather is the perfect time to prepare your bike for warmer months ahead! Join Casey Holmes at Canoesport Outfitters for her Bike Maintenance 101 Workshop to learn important skills for getting (and keeping) your bike in tip top shape...saving both time and money for you and your family! Two dates to choose from. For more info or to register on-line go to…/Activity_Search/271

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Warren County Conservation Board | Board Meetings

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Attention all Central Iowa Trail users: The Great Western Trail is under threat…

The Warren County Supervisors and the City of West Des Moines (WDM) recently developed new plans to build Veterans Parkway in 2017 using 2-miles of the Great Western Trail corridor
The proposed alignment of this 6-lane road would be placed within the Great Western Trail corridor for nearly 2 miles near Orilla
The Great Western Trail would shift from a 100-ft greenway to a 10ft side path along the highway
Does central Iowa truly value parks, trails, smart growth and natural capital?
The Warren County Supervisors and Warren County Conservation Board must vote to donate the Great Western Trail corridor to WDM for road purposes.
Because of concerns raised about the taking of the corridor, WDM has developed alternative alignments – so they have an option that avoids the trail corridor
What to do:

1. Please attend the Warren County Conservation Board meeting on December 14 th , 7:00pm, Annette Nature Center 15565 118th Ave Indianola, IA 50125 to learn about the project, impacts, and alternatives!!!

2. Follow-up with comments to:

Warren Co Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Chair Doug Shull
Phone: 515-961-1030
[email protected]
Supervisor Crystal McIntyre
Phone: 515-961-1029
[email protected]
Supervisor Dean Yordi
Phone: 515-961-1028
[email protected]
Warren CCB

Jim Priebe [email protected]
West Des Moines City Council

Mayor Steven Gaer
Work: 515-974- 5261
[email protected]
Councilmember Kevin Trevillyan
Phone: 515-240- 8786
[email protected]
Councilmember John Mickelson
Phone: 515-554- 7165
[email protected]
Councilmember Russ Trimble
Phone: 515-554- 8746
[email protected]
Councilmember James Sandager
Phone: 515-225- 7540
[email protected]
Councilmember Rick Messerschmidt
Phone: 515-223- 6398
[email protected]
What to say:

Tell your story…first. Why are parks and trails important to you, your family and central Iowa.


Do not compromise the integrity of this greenway corridor
Keep Veterans Parkway away from the Great Western Trail
Other points….

Regional Importance of the corridor
The Great Western Trail is more than a trail it is a linear park that extends another 17 miles from downtown Des Moines, along Grays Lake, and through Water Works Park
As a National Recreation Trail, this corridor plays a vital role within the Central Iowa Trails Network
GWT helped launch Central Iowa’s “World Capital of Trails” status
If we face a compromised GWT, we undermine our network’s national significance and the trail’s associated public health, recreation, and economic benefits
It is the only trail with easy, year-round, uninterrupted access to downtown
Des Moines.

The network of linear parks and trails in central Iowa is important for our quality of life and diversifying economic opportunities
General Benefits
It’s a safe place for families with kids to explore with few dangerous road crossings
Scenic qualities
Wildlife habitat
Health and wellness from being outdoors
To unsubscribe from future mailings please click here. Board Meetings The Warren County Conservation Board meets the second Wednesday of the month, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the Annett Nature Center. The board occasionally meets in special session, at special times or in alternate locations. Any changes to date, time or location of meetings will be ind...

[11/04/16]   Heads UP! The Hillbilly Hike Half Marathon will be using 1st street in front of the High School on this Saturday morning 11/5 as our race begins at 8:00am. After snaking through the High School parking lot the course goes north on 9th Street until it can connect with the McVay Trail. Once on the trail the course goes north out of town. We have 400+ runners from 14 states including Canada this year if you want to find a cozy spot along the trail to cheer them on.

Advocates worry new WDM road will ruin part of Great Western Trail Trail and conservation enthusiasts worry a road expansion in West Des Moines will destroy 20 acres of wooded recreational trail.

Carlisle is having a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 3 mile section that branches off of the Summerset trail. This section will soon be the link into Des Moines. The ceremony is happening at the Carlisle Rec Center (1230 S. 5th st.) from 4-5:30 with a Walk/Ride on the trail afterward.

Some are planning on riding from Indianola starting at 4:30. Cal’s in Carlisle is offering up 2 for 1 on drinks and 1/2 appetizers for after the event

[09/26/16]   Together, we will demand that the next president:
1. Include trails, walking and biking as a key part of federal transportation investments by defending programs that help communities build trail networks. Trails, sidewalks and bike lanes are critical parts of our national transportation infrastructure and create healthier, more connected communities.
2. Nominate a U.S. Secretary of Transportation that fully backs trails. Our next U.S. Secretary of Transportation must understand that transportation includes trails, walking and biking.
3. Develop federal policies that make it safe for people to get around in their communities on foot or by bike, including using trails and low-stress routes suitable for all ages and abilities.
As citizens and trail lovers, it is our responsibility to tell the candidates that trails matter to all of us!

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