An oasis in the city

Towering trees invite lake walkers to stop and rest

A 96-acre fresh water lake shimmers just two minutes from my home. Surrounded by a 1.9 mile walking path that takes you over a bridge and through groves of cottonwood and assorted trees, the lake attracts a microcosm of the greater Des Moines area. Mothers and fathers strolling with kids or guiding them as they wobble on new bikes. Runners with sleek bodies. Families speaking one of the more than 100 languages found in the city. Dogs of all sizes walking their owners.

This year is the tenth anniversary of the Gray’s Lake Park. In 2001 the lake was enlarged, trails were constructed and a gorgeous bridge that spans one end and lights up at night was built. A community of people populate it, treasuring it as an oasis in the heart of the city.

Majestic cottonwoods frame the lake. Here’s the view at 2 p.m. today.

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