Recreational Connections Make Active Living Easy within Gray’s

There are so many valuable, recreational connections in and around Gray’s Station, especially those that can be found just to the south within Gray’s Lake and Water Works Park.

The running, walking and biking trail that winds along Gray’s Station connects to more than 500+ miles bike trails from the town of Cumming, west to the Waukee Trailhead and extends up to the High Trestle Trail near Woodward. There are countless stops to be made along the way from local breweries and taprooms, food truck stops, and even small-town shops situated along town squares.

The 1.9 mile loop around 167-acre Gray’s Lake Park is the perfect spot for a lunch hour walk, a short jog or a bike loop. At Gray’s Lake, visitors can rent kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and play along the beach front or look out areas near the Gray’s bridge. (Fun Fact: The bridge lights are part of the inspiration for the Chris and Marcie Coleman Bridge leading into Gray’s Station!)

On the west side of Gray’s Lake is the newly opened Water Works Park-Fluer Drive underground passageway/tunnel connection which lights up in true Gray’s Area fashion. This connector, which opened in late 2020, now means direct walking access to the newly opened Lauridsen Amphitheater and the Killinger Family Stage. The Lauridsen Amphitheater faces north and engages the large Innovation Field, which size and design allow for events ranging from 2,000 – 25,000 participants. The Killinger Family Stage is the south facing portion of the amphitheater and engages the Hubbell Celebration Lawn, a more intimate setting for crowds of less than 2,000.

These venues are situated in one of the largest urban parks in the entire country. With an estimated 1,500 acres, Water Works Park is nearly twice the size of New York’s Central Park with bike, hiking and equestrian trails and roadways flowing throughout it. This unique park sits at the confluence of two major Iowa rivers, the Raccoon and Des Moines, and is home to more than 200 bird species and native plants. It is also the home of a world-renowned ornamental crabapple arboretum and serves as the primary source of drinking water for over 500,000 central Iowans.

All of these amenities are within one mile of the Gray’s Station neighborhood and are cost free or at minimal cost (kayak and paddleboard rental rates start at $8), making choosing the outdoors a daily activity when you call our community home!

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