The West Side Trail, one of the four projects contained in the CAT Pearls of Progress grant, will connect the trail head on South Houser Street with the trail system inside Discovery Park. The West Side Trail will be the fourth trail to meet at the South Houser Street trail head. The others include the Musser Park to Kent Stein Park Trail, Kent Stein Park to Deep Lakes Park Trail, and the Muscatine Pollinator Park Trail.
A study was performed by Steve Ford LA-Martin Whitacre to provide options for the trail route that will minimize the property acquisition needed for the trial, minimize the work needed to get the NEPA clearances so that the project can be done under a categorical exclusion, and allow for public input into the route planning process. The study was completed in the spring of 2018.
The Final Plans for the West Side Trail are now available and a public hearing will be scheduled before the Muscatine City Council on July 3, 2019. Bid letting for the project is scheduled for August 20, 2019, with construction to commence following acceptance of the winning bid by the Muscatine City Council.