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Trails reopen at Indian Creek Nature Center after extensive derecho cleanup

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 11:09 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - For the first several months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the trails at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids were as popular as they have ever been, with more Iowans wanting to get outside.

But extensive damage from the Aug. 10 derecho kept the trails closed for nearly 10 months, until Thursday.

In lieu of a ribbon-cutting, staff at Indian Creek cut a vine to reopen the trails during a ceremony Thursday evening.

Indian Creek’s executive director, John Myers, said more than 60% of the nature center’s tree canopy and more than 280 acres of woodland were destroyed in the derecho, leading to a lengthy and difficult cleanup process.

But Myers said that gave them an opportunity to reroute, add to, and improve their trails.

“We also put a tremendous amount of work into ensuring that the accessibility of these trails continues to be increased so that people of all abilities can come out and experience nature,” Myers said.

Indian Creek Nature Center’s trails are open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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