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New, Year-Round Recreation Feature Coming to Sleepy Hollow Sports Park
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New, Year-Round Recreation Feature Coming to Sleepy Hollow Sports Park

Polk County Conservation announces phased approach to re-launching the winter sports destination.

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11/17/2022

Seeking public input on proposed mountain bike park and related re-zoning.
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Seeking public input on proposed mountain bike park and related re-zoning.

View virtual presentation on the project.

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9/8/2022

Striving to make Easter Lake Park's north shore the most accessible park in America.
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Striving to make Easter Lake Park's north shore the most accessible park in America.

$8.1 million park enhancements will offer universal access to nature, recreation for people of all abilities.

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7/13/2022

Long-anticipated bridge over Beaver Creek opens along Trestle to Trestle Trail.
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Long-anticipated bridge over Beaver Creek opens along Trestle to Trestle Trail.

A major artery between the cities of Johnston and Des Moines is once again flowing with cyclists and walkers.

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9/15/2022

Trestle to Trestle Bridge Replacement Begins
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Trestle to Trestle Bridge Replacement Begins

We are excited to announce that construction for the Trestle to Trestle Bridge replacement has begun. 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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8/29/2022

Prescribed Burning Season
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Prescribed Burning Season

Prescribed burn has begun in Polk County Conservation’s parks and trails. Natural resource crews will be conducting prescribed burning as weather allows from starting the third week of August.

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8/16/2022

Polk County Designated a Bird Friendly Community
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Polk County Designated a Bird Friendly Community

Bird Friendly Iowa announced that Polk County is among the first counties in Iowa to be designated as a Bird Friendly Community.

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6/10/2022

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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6/10/2022

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park to Join Polk County Conservation’s Family of Parks
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Sleepy Hollow Sports Park to Join Polk County Conservation’s Family of Parks

We are excited to welcome Sleepy Hollow to Polk County Conservation’s family of parks and trails! Sleepy Hollow is a 76-acre sports and family recreation complex located on the east side of Des Moines. Learn more!

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6/10/2022

Great Western Trail Tunnel
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Great Western Trail Tunnel

Polk County Conservation was approached by the City of West Des Moines with plans to realign SE County Line Rd. The plans provide a tunnel for the Great Western Trail under the proposed new SE County Line Rd. alignment.

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6/10/2022

More Campsites are Now Available for Advanced Online Reservations
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More Campsites are Now Available for Advanced Online Reservations

Polk County Conservation now offers 126 campsites for advanced reservations via MyCountyParks.com.

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6/10/2022

Covid-19 Updates & Operations
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Covid-19 Updates & Operations

UPDATE: 2/28/2022 | As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and adapt, Polk County Conservation continues to prioritize our employee’s health and public health...

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6/10/2022

Foragers & Hikers - Garlic Mustard Being Sprayed with Herbicide
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Foragers & Hikers - Garlic Mustard Being Sprayed with Herbicide

We are starting to apply herbicide in various parks to slow the spread of the invasive species, Garlic Mustard.

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6/10/2022

Relying on Nature Through Polk County Conservation
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Relying on Nature Through Polk County Conservation

While the way we interact with others may be a little different right now in our world, the importance of getting outdoors and interacting with nature remains the same. Let nature become your refuge during this difficult time.

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6/10/2022

The Next Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond
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The Next Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond

On Tuesday, November 2nd, voters supported the Polk County Water and Land Legacy Bond (PCWLL) in historic fashion passing the measure by 81%.

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6/10/2022