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Summer Boat Rentals
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Summer Boat Rentals

Warm weather is finally here and our summer boat rentals are open and ready to hit the water! Rent canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and more from Easter Lake Boat Rental and the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center. Reserve your summer rental today!

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6/10/2021

Jester Park Playscape Water Turned Off for Repairs
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Jester Park Playscape Water Turned Off for Repairs

UPDATE: June 9, 2021 | Water will be shut off at the Jester Park Playscape until further notice.

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6/9/2021

Invest in the Environment with Conservation Credits
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Invest in the Environment with Conservation Credits

With help from the Great Outdoors Foundation, you can now invest in the environment and feel good about your choices with Conservation Credits.

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4/22/2021

Survival Camp
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Survival Camp

Set your kid’s imagination and adventurous spirit free as they learn about the natural environment and important survival skills. Activities range from plant identification, animal tracking study, and survival skills like fire and shelter building.

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6/24/2021

Princess Adventures - All About Birds
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Princess Adventures - All About Birds

Do you know a child who loves princesses? Want to encourage them to dress up AND have fun exploring the outdoors at the same time? Children, ages 4-6, are invited to the park in “princess attire,” (whatever that means to them.)

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6/24/2021

June Summer Skills
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June Summer Skills

Summer is about having fun and playing outside. Join PCC naturalists as they introduce your child to some fun outdoor activities which can be enjoyed the rest of their lives. Come to one or sign-up for an entire series. All equipment will be provided.

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6/24/2021

Fun in the Sun Challenge
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Fun in the Sun Challenge

Get outside this summer with our Fun in the Sun Challenge - kicking off on July 5 - and WIN!

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6/17/2021

Shinrin Yoku - Japanese Forest Bathing
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Shinrin Yoku - Japanese Forest Bathing

Explore the natural healing path of Shinrin Yoku or Japanese Forest bathing with Crystal Berkens or Brandy Case Haub, certified forest guides. This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being.

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6/24/2021

Trestle to Trestle Bridge to be Replaced in 2022
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Trestle to Trestle Bridge to be Replaced in 2022

We are pleased to announce that funding for the Trestle to Trestle Bridge replacement has been secured. This bridge is the connector between the cities of Johnston and Des Moines and a key element of the very popular urban Trestle to Trestle Trail.

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6/15/2021

Pick Up Iowa 2021
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Pick Up Iowa 2021

Join communities across Iowa participating in Pick Up Iowa in support of the Great American Cleanup. Come out and help us beautify our public spaces by cleaning up Easter Lake Park.

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6/26/2021

Thomas Mitchell Park Pond Parking Lot Expansion
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Thomas Mitchell Park Pond Parking Lot Expansion

Work to expand the pond parking lot at Thomas Mitchell Park to add 24 addition parking spots has begun. Construction is anticipated to be completed by Friday, June 18, 2021.

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6/15/2021

Mammal Mania Camp
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Mammal Mania Camp

Learn what animals like rabbits, squirrels, and foxes have in common and what makes animals with fur unique. We'll take a look at their homes, tracks and more!

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6/28/2021