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

Water will be shut off at the Jester Park Playscape until Memorial weekend due to water line repairs.

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5/10/2021

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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4/27/2021

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

Young Nature Photographers Photo Contest
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Young Nature Photographers Photo Contest

Do you have a young photographer in your family? Then head out to Thomas Mitchell Park with them from June 1 - June 30 to take photos of the landscape, wildlife, plants, flowers, or people outside enjoying nature and enter them to WIN!

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5/4/2021

FREE Dew Tour Ticket Reservations Now Open
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FREE Dew Tour Ticket Reservations Now Open

FREE Dew Tour Tickets to attend sessions are available now. You MUST download the Dew Tour app to purchase FREE tickets to view sessions. Tickets do NOT have to be purchased to visit vendors, purchase merchandise, or check out the pump track.

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4/28/2021

Jester Park Nature Center Now Open
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Jester Park Nature Center Now Open

The Jester Park Nature Center reopened to the public with limited hours, modified accommodations, and restrictive guidelines for social distancing and sanitation.

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4/22/2021

Oralabor Gateway Trail Closure & Reroute
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Oralabor Gateway Trail Closure & Reroute

Oralabor Gateway Trail from Oralabor to NW 70th Street will be closed beginning April 26th thru Fall 2021. This closure is due to the road widening of NW 26th project.

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4/19/2021

Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center Reopening to the Public
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Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center Reopening to the Public

The Jester Park Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center is reopening to the public and will resume normal hours (Saturday 10-4 and Sunday noon-4) through Memorial Day Weekend.

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4/19/2021

Prescribed Burning Season (March 22 - May 7)
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Prescribed Burning Season (March 22 - May 7)

Prescribed burn season has arrived! Our Natural Resource Crews will be conducting prescribed burning in our parks and trails as weather allows beginning the week of March 22 – May 7.

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3/22/2021

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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3/10/2021

Funding Needed for New Jester Park Nature Center Exhibit
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Funding Needed for New Jester Park Nature Center Exhibit

Donations are being sought to create a lithic (stone) artifact exhibit at the Jester Park Nature Center to educate visitors about Iowa's archaeological past.

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3/1/2021

COVID-19 Operations Update
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COVID-19 Operations Update

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 19, 2021 | Jester Park Nature Center, parks, trails, and campgrounds are open! Read below for the most up-to-date COVID-19 notifications.

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2/19/2021

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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11/23/2020

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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4/24/2020