Greenways Master Plan, City of Norwalk, Iowa

Greenways Master Plan

The City of Norwalk has experienced growth over the last several years and needs improved connectivity of established and new neighborhoods to local amenities, community resources, and nearby regional trail systems.

After meeting with the city and gaining an understanding of their vision, Bolton & Menk prepared an approach that allowed the city to use a custom created data collector application through Esri ArcGIS and complete a focused data collection exercise with volunteers. The Norwalk Greenways Workgroup inventoried all sidewalks and trails in the community and evaluated the pavement condition, width, and locations and descriptions of trip hazards encountered.

Through an in-depth analysis of the collected field data and discussions with community members at multiple community outreach events, Bolton & Menk formulated a series of improvement recommendations that created manageable projects the city could implement over the next 10 years. Recommendations focused on establishing significant trail connections, improving pedestrian amenities at key intersections, and filling existing sidewalk gaps.

The master plan seeks to establish a functioning trail system in Norwalk, create safe routes to schools, and reconnect community members to amenities. The master plan describes strategic implementation strategies, project budgets, funding resources, and information pertaining to construction standards.

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