The Mahaska Community Recreation Trail started as a dream with the first feet poured in 1999. Today, over 12 miles of planned 15 miles are in existence. When fully developed, the ten-foot wide concrete trail will loop around Oskaloosa and University Park in Mahaska County. It follows along old rail right-of-way, winds through scenic woodlands, by agricultural fields, through parks, by two golf courses, offers unique underpasses, and safely accommodates two-way recreational traffic.
Two trailheads, which feature parking, restrooms, and water, currently exist along the trail: Edmundson Park (11th Avenue West, also known as T39 or the Beacon Road) and Bobzilla's Bicycle Werks (1718 Pella Avenue). Bobzilla's (641.673.3842) also offers bikes, bike repairs, and accessories. A third trailhead was added in 2012: The Rotary Gazebo on A Avenue (Hwy. 92) West. Handicap and paved parking is available with easy access to the trail; however there is no running water or restroom facilities at this location.
An intiative of the Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation (MCRF), construction of the trail is funded through donations, hotel/motel tax, city and county contributions, and grants including Vision Iowa. Those wishing to make donations to continue development of the Community Trail can make a tax-deductible donation to Mahaska Community Recreaion Foundation, PO Box 414, Oskaloosa, IA 52577.
Questions regarding the trail can be answered by calling MCRF at 641.672.2499.
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