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Design Team

Craig Ritland, RITLAND+KUIPER Landscape Architects

Samantha Price, RITLAND+KUIPER Landscape Architects

Peter Reyland, Design Intern

Field Coordinator

Meredith Borchardt, Trees Forever

Steering Committee

Phil Pitzenberger

Andrea Ramker

Ben Backer

Sue Ebensberger

Jami Backer

Megan Swick

James O’Brien

Patrick Derdzinski

Lauren Hawker

Alex Mathers

Alexis Stirling

Angel Malfero

Sarah Goodrich

Emily Ascher

MacKenzie Staudt

Miranda Joebgen

Makayla Hauser

Carol Schroeder

Taylor Graven

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Community Report

Greene (population 1,130) , located in north central Iowa, has been affected by major flooding in recent years, including 2008 and 2016. The community applied to the visioning program in search of ideas for flood mitigation and river enhancements, improved walkability/bikeability in town, and trail development.

Community Assessments

The transportation assets and barriers assessment revealed that despite flooding issues, the Shell Rock River is an important asset on which residents would like to further capitalize. People also value old Highway 14 as a walking route, but would like more amenities and a longer route. Outdoor recreation opportunities in general are important to all demographic groups in Greene.

Barriers identified during focus groups include poor lighting along the streets near the high school; lack of accessibility in Perrin Park, downtown, and at the school; and poor access to old Highway 14.

Planning and Design Summary

Based on the assessments and the Greene visioning committee’s identified goals, the design team proposed concepts focused on three main areas:

  • Safety – Repair and add new sidewalks, improve lighting, and install crosswalks and additional signage in key areas of town.
  • Recreation – Connect popular walking/biking routes to create longer routes and more opportunities for exercise, add amenities to old Highway 14, improve accessibility in Perrin Park, and create an ADA-accessible playground in the FEMA buyout lot.
  • Tourism – Install way-finding signage to boat ramps and river access points, install community map panels directing visitors to other population destination, implement a water trail designation along the Shell Rock River, and create a river-themed signage.

Community Visioning Kickoff Event


Today Emily, Sue and Jami attended the Iowa Living Roadways Community Visioning Kickoff Event at the Gateway Center in Ames.  We had the opportunity to meet with the other towns that will be going through the Visioning process in 2017 as well as all of the staff from Trees Forever, Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa State that will be working through the process with us.