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Construction of a new structure along a portion of the High Trestle Trail that goes through Ankeny is underway and expected to be completed by early spring 2022, according to city documents.

The structure, described in city documents as a “public art installation,” resembles a craftsman-style house with an elevated front porch and overhang that protects a picnic area from the sun, rain and other elements. Two swings will be installed on the porch and picnic tables will be set up under the overhang. Also included will be bike racks, a bike repair station, water fountain and a restroom. A gramophone is also planned.

The structure will be located along the trail adjacent to Northwest Irvinedale Drive north of Northwest 18th Street in Ankeny.

The council approved the art installation earlier this month.

“Drop In is designed for visitors traveling the High Trestle Trail,” wrote artist Matthew Mazzotta of Canton, N.Y., to the city of Ankeny. “Visitors will use this structure for rest, use the restroom, get water, eat at the tables, repair a bicycle, listen to music on the custom-design gramophone or swing on the porch.”

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