Liberty Centre Pond, Pedestrian Tunnel and Trail Improvements Liberty Centre Pond, Pedestrian Tunnel and Trail Improvements Liberty Centre Pond, Pedestrian Tunnel and Trail Improvements

Liberty Centre Pond

Challenge

The growing community of North Liberty wanted to develop a new outdoor community gathering place for its residents on land at the intersection of Highway 965 and Penn Street, North Liberty's main access to the interstate.

Solution

The visual highlight of this area is a pond with three aeration fountains and a waterfall feature along one edge. The waterfall tumbles over limestone, beneath a footbridge and into the pond below allowing the opportunity for close engagement with the water's edge. Pumps recirculate the pond water back up to the waterfall, which is floodlit at night. In addition to its recreational purposes, the pond also provides storm water management for the surrounding mixed-use commercial/residential development. Around the pond, a perimeter trail was developed with a pedestrian bridge across the pond, a fishing/access pier and seating areas. A trail also connects a residential subdivision to the north. As the development and pond are located near busy Highway 965, a pedestrian tunnel is an integral part of the project. The tunnel enables residents and visitors to cross safely from the pond area to the civic center and school located on the opposite side of the highway.

Impact

Liberty Centre outdoor gathering space serves as a community focal point and establishes an exciting new image for the community.
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