MASON CITY – Construction will begin this fall on a bicycle and pedestrian trail from Mason City to Belmond.
The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board (CGCCB) will begin development of the Prairie Land recreational trail this fall. The Prairie Land trail is a rails to trails right of way corridor running from Mason City to Meservey in Cerro Gordo County and continuing to Belmond in Wright County. There is approximately 20 miles of trial in Cerro Gordo County and another 6 miles to Belmond.
The development of the biking and hiking trail will begin with a 6 mile segment from 240th Street, located on the southwest corner of Mason City, to 190th Street, located southwest of Burchinal. The trail development will involve leveling and shaping the existing trail bed, building up the surface with a gravel sub-base and then adding a layer of crushed limestone for the finished surface. There is also a bridge within that trail section that will need to be refurbished to allow for safe passage of bicycle and foot traffic.
Development of the trail is scheduled to begin in mid-August and be completed by the end of September. Upon completion of the trail surface and installation of all signage the north 6 miles of trail will be available for biking and hiking.
The development of the trail is being funded by grants. Grant sources include a Transportation Alternative Program, Wellmark Foundation and Cerro Gordo County Public Health.