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Milwaukee Trestle Park is located near the historic railroad trestle on the North end of Main Street. Construction is underway now. The community's intent is to add this park and this historic and unique railroad trestle to its list of tourist attractions—the German Hausbarn, Freedom Rock, Trinity Church, Leet-Hassler Farmstead, city water tower, and historic downtown. The park will serve as a stopping and resting point to view the trestle and will serve as its own point of attraction with shade, picnic tables, barbeque grills, and activity-oriented amenities. An “IOWA” sculpture was one of the first items to be placed there and has already become a great photo opportunity.
Construction on the first phase of the park is underway. Phase I included land acquisition (thanks to a donation from Landus Cooperative), dirt work, the IOWA sculpture, a train kiosk (made by IKM-Manning High School), the Merle and Imelda Kerkhoff Family Shelter House, and the trail through the park.
Manning participated in Community Visioning in 2016. Through many public meetings and volunteer input, extended plans were developed for the Trestle Park--including campgrounds, a nature play area for kids, look-out towers, and more. Simultaneously, Iowa State University partnered with Manning to provide interactive public art ideas for the park. And since then, an Outdoor Learning Environment Committee has formed and received a Iowa Living Roadways Trust Fund planning grant. Those plans have sparked the need to start on Phase II. As conceptual plans become more final, fundraising has begun.
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