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September - December 2015 Nature News Hot Off the Press!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The latest edition of Polk County Conservation's Nature News is now available.

In this issue you’ll find:

  • It's time to Celebrate Pollinators! (page 1)
  • Because the Money Matters by Director Rich Leopold (page 2)
  • Polk County Water & Land Legacy Updates (page 3)
  • New Faces at Polk County Conservation (pages 4-5)
  • Fall public programs and much more!

Click here to view a copy of this newsletter.

Mile Long Bridge/Lincoln Access Boat Ramp Closed on August 9th

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Mile Long Bridge/Lincoln Access boat ramp will be closed to the public beginning on the evening of Saturday, August 8th through approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 9th.

A special event called Swim the Bridge will be taking place during that time. Park staff will reopen the boat ramp when the special event concludes.

Summer Countdown: Top 10 Things to Do in Your County Parks

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The days are muggier and buggier as the smell of fried food on a stick fills the air. This can only mean one thing in Iowa - the beginning of the end of yet another short but sweet midwest summer and the start of pencils, papers and the eruption of cheers from your local high school stadium. But before that glorious taste of freedom comes to seasonal halt, give the kiddos one last hurrah with a local vacation - a county park staycation!

Check out our latest blog for your summer countdown Top 10 list!

Jester Park Lodge Guest Services Management RFP

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Beginning on July 8th, 2015, interested parties can obtain a request for proposal for Guest Services Management (Bookings and Catering) at the Jester Park Lodge (located at 11407 NW Jester Park Drive, Granger, IA). To request a proposal, contact Clarke Johnson at 515-323-5311 or clarke.johnson@polkcountyiowa.gov after 1 p.m. on or after July 8th.

Proposals are due by Tuesday, September 1, 2015.



Phase II of the Mark C. Ackelson Trail is Now Open

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Phase II of the circumferential trail around Easter Lake Park and through Ewing Park is now complete and open to the public. This section of the Mark C. Ackelson Trail includes approximately 1.5 miles of paved trail on the north side of Easter Lake from Ewing Park to Evergreen Ave providing safe trail use off the park road and improved trail access to adjacent neighborhoods.

Easter Lake Life Jacket Loan Program

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Keep it fun and safe out on the water this summer! Opening Memorial Weekend, life jackets will be available at the Easter Lake Beach. The public is welcome to use the jackets and return them when finished.

This program is sponsored by Bass Pro Shops.

Contact Us

Administration Office
11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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