Community Visioning Ideas Shared

–Members of the Iowa State University Community Design Lab joined Algona’s city leaders Wednesday afternoon to unveil concepts that have been conceived by many area residents over the last year. Chad Hunter is the Assistant Director of the Community Design Lab and has been overseeing the Algona design process, and he says the input from area residents focused on a handful of items. 

Over the past year, residents of all ages and backgrounds have parctipated in focus groups, giving their ideas on how to make Algona more accessible for those traveling on foot or bicycle. Hunter says they also looked at how to make the HWY 169 area on the south side of town more inviting for pedestrian traffic. 


The focus groups and steering committee also wanted to find a way to increase access to the East Fork of the Des Moines River. 


Hunter says now it’s up to Algona’s leaders to use these designs as they seet fit. 


Hunter says having these designs in place will help when it comes time to apply for grant funding. 

The plans were unveiled Wednesday on the Carnegie Library Lawn in downtown Algona.