Proposals for a new city park at a historic railroad trestle on the north side of Manning include a free-standing concrete and metal signage reading “IOWA.” The materials would match the “industrial aesthetic” of the trestle. The mill in the background is no longer there, and a committee is finalizing design plans for the park.
Proposals for a new city park at a historic railroad trestle on the north side of Manning include a free-standing concrete and metal signage reading “IOWA.” The materials would match the “industrial aesthetic” of the trestle. The mill in the background is no longer there, and a committee is finalizing design plans for the park.

July 26, 2016

Residents of Manning will have an opportunity this week to view final conceptual landscape designs for various projects that will be started and continued throughout Manning.

The designs were created through the Community Visioning Program, a program Manning has been involved with since January. They include plans for a trestle-themed park on Manning’s north side, additional ideas for Main Street, including a potential “downtown green space” and artwork along Highway 141.

The Iowa Department of Transportation partners with Iowa State University Extension Landscape Architecture and Trees Forever to offer the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation, according to a news release. The program is offered to cities with a population of less than 10,000.

Cities accepted into Community Visioning’s program are required to earmark $2,000 that will remain in the city and be used for one of the proposed projects. Trees Forever, landscape architects and other agencies then work with the city to develop and incorporate beautification, design and transportation improvement ideas.

Manning first went through the program in 2012. Ideas proposed at the time included enhancing the area’s trail system and adding amenities along the trails, developing signage and logos for the cities, enhancing Main Street with street trees, bike racks and flower baskets and incorporating landscaping themes and planting native species along Highway 141.

Once Manning exhausted those ideas, incorporating many of them, the city returned to Community Visioning with a new slate of proposals and was accepted to once again undergo the planning and design program. These ideas are the result of the second collabration.

From 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the German Hausbarn’s Fireside Room, members of the Visioning team, including Landscape Architect Jennifer Cross of RDG Planning and Design, Ashleigh Gildon, a landscape architecture intern with RDG, Trees Forever Field Coordinator Brad Riphagen and members of the Manning Community Visioning Committee will present information and answer question about the designs that ultimately will be manifested as projects in Manning.

Residents will have the opportunity to provide suggestions for the design concepts at the meeting, as well as to see how the changes will affect the city, according to a news release.