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News and Announcements

Jester Park Nature Center Closed Until Further Notice
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Jester Park Nature Center Closed Until Further Notice

The Jester Park Nature Center will remain closed until further notice to align with Polk County’s COVID public facility operations plan. However, the Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center is open due to the open air nature of this facility.

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8/4/2020

Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information
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Controlled Bowhunt Application & Information

This fall, special use permits allowing bowhunters to participate in a controlled bowhunt for antlerless deer will be issued by the organizations listed at the bottom of this information.

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8/4/2020

COVID-19 Operations Update
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COVID-19 Operations Update

UPDATE: JULY 27, 2020 | Parks, trails, and campgrounds are open! Read below for the most up-to-date COVID-19 notifications.

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7/27/2020

Derecho Wind Storm Creates Hazards in Parks & Trails
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Derecho Wind Storm Creates Hazards in Parks & Trails

The Derecho wind storm that blew through the state of Iowa on Monday, August 10th, left behind a substantial amount of debris in our parks and on our trails.

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8/11/2020

All Parks and Trails Temporarily Closed
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All Parks and Trails Temporarily Closed

ALL parks and trails are closed until tree damage can be removed and power can be restored.

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8/10/2020

Canoes Rentals at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt are Currently Suspended Due to Low Water
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Canoes Rentals at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt are Currently Suspended Due to Low Water

CANOE RENTALS AT CHICHAQUA ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL WATER LEVELS ARE BACK UP

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7/11/2020

Lauridsen Skatepark Update
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Lauridsen Skatepark Update

View the latest construction update on the Lauridsen Skatepark here!

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6/18/2020

Trestle to Trestle Trail Re-Route & Bridge Reconstruction
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Trestle to Trestle Trail Re-Route & Bridge Reconstruction

UPDATED: June, 4, 2020 In the spring of 2019, the bridge over Beaver Creek along the Trestle to Trestle Trail collapsed. A reroute along the trail has been established until the new bridge is constructed.

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6/4/2020

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

Remove Garlic Mustard & Make Delicious Pesto!
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Remove Garlic Mustard & Make Delicious Pesto!

Some invasives are actually quite tasty with the right recipe - like garlic mustard. Help us remove this invasive and feed yourself at the same time! Gather up what you want, take your harvest home, and make garlic mustard pesto.

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4/21/2020