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Let's Connect Trail Project

Raccoon River Valley Trail to the High Trestle Trail

Connector project approved for funding from the State Recreation Trails Program - News Release - 10/10/17

The Dallas County Conservation Board has received approval for funding for a State Recreational Trails Grant from the Iowa DOT.  A grant for $366,000 has been approved for the
“Connector” project, which is the 9 mile trail project connecting the Raccoon River Valley Trail to the High Trestle Trail (Perry to Woodward).  “This grant will be used along with some other donations and potential grants to do the first phase (1.5 miles) of construction of this $5 million project”, stated Mike Wallace, Director of the Dallas County Conservation Board.  Earlier grants have been used for trail route feasibility, preliminary design, and land acquisition.  This phase of construction is preliminarily planned for some time during the 2018 construction season.  Approximately $2 million has been raised so far.   

Farm Credit Services of America - $2000.00Farm Credit Services donation

 Andrea Tunink is shown presenting a check for $2000 for the “Connector” project to Mike Wallace, Director of the Dallas County Conservation Board.  “We really appreciate their support and their donation of time and funds to help our department." stated Wallace, "they are great supporters of our community."

 

Wallace and DCF


Wellmark Foundation - $90,000.00

The Wellmark Foundation Board of Directors approved a $90,000 Large MATCH Grant for the Raccoon River Valley Trail to High Trestle Trail Connector - Phase I.  The Wellmark Foundation stated, "We are delighted in the work you are doing to make Iowa a better place for all of us to engage in a safe and healthy environment in which to be active".  

 

Dallas County Foundation
Bob and Jane Sturgeon, Dallas County Foundation  - $10,000.00 

Bob and Jane Sturgeon donated $10,000.00 through the Dallas County Foundation. Mike Wallace, Director of the Dallas County Conservation Board stated, "We are honored by the donation of the Sturgeons and the Dallas County Foundation.  With their support we hope to make the trails of Dallas County, and those that connect to them, an integral part of the State of Iowa".

 

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Dallas "Pete" and Joyce VanKirk of Perry - $100,000.00

The Dallas County Conservation Board received a major donation of $100,000 from Joyce VanKirk and her late husband, Dallas “Pete” VanKirk.

Pictured with the donation check are Joyce and Mike Wallace, Dallas County Conservation Board Director.  

 

 

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LET'S CONNECT!

A Fundraising Campaign to Connect Two Trails

Donate Now

Join the "LET'S CONNECT” fundraising campaign to support a 9-mile connector trail between Perry and Woodward! 

This project will link two of the premier recreational trails in Iowa – the Raccoon River Valley Trail (RRVT) and the High Trestle Trail (HTT).  This new connection of two major trails will create an 86 mile loop and an 118 mile loop, allowing trail users more options than ever before! 

Approximately $5 million will be needed to build what is projected to be a crucial connection in the central Iowa trail network, which now includes more than 600 miles of paved trails and connects more than twenty-four towns around the Des Moines metro area and beyond.  Join the campaign and pledge to donate!

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Let's Connect Bike Trail

“Let’s Connect”

Support the 9-mile “connector” trail between Perry and Woodward that links two of the premier recreational trails in Iowa:

Raccoon River Valley Trail

&

High Trestle Trail

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Raccoon River Valley Trail to High Trestle Trail “Connector” Project

Dallas County Conservation Board (DCCB)

PROJECT  STATUS

Total Project Cost (9 miles Perry to Woodward) $5,000,000

Received/Committed to date approx. $2,521,000

Remaining amount to raise $2,479,000

Feasibility Route Study/partial preliminary design

          Completed $132,378 (funded)

 Phase I Construction (Perry to 130th street, 1.56 miles proposed)

Phase I Construction Costs $556,000 (Funded, Planned for 2018 construction season).

 The DCCB is in the process of fundraising for this important 9 mile project that will connect the Raccoon River Valley Trail (RRVT) to the High Trestle Trail (HTT).  The search for additional grants, donations, and pledges will continue.  This project will be built in phases over a period of a few years.  Phase I construction is planned for 2018.  Acquisition and design continues.

As of 1-23-2018 approx. $2.52 million of the $5 million has been raised.

Some of the donors supporting this project include the following:

Federal, State, and County funding received/committed to date $1,700,487.

  • Bock Family Foundation donated $30,000.
  • Dallas County Foundation donated  $70,000.
  • Raccoon Valley Bank pledged for $100,000.
  • Joyce and the late “Pete" Vankirk $100,000 donation matched by other smaller donations that reached another $100,000.  This effort made it possible for an overall $200,000 donation.
  • A Wellmark Grant has been approved for $90,000.
  • Perry Economic Development has pledged $100,000.

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Raccoon River Valley Trail to High Trestle Trail Connector

Trail project information

  • 9 mile connection.
  • Paved (concrete) trail, 10 ft. wide, 6” thick.
  • Connects two of the best trails in the state of Iowa.
  • Connects the 89 mile RRVT to the 25 mile (and growing) HTT and into the Des Moines metro trail system.
  • These two trails both have been responsible for the creation of new businesses in trail communities.
  • This project will create a network of communities that consists of 20 communities and 6 counties.
  • Allows multiple trail system users the opportunity to view the iconic High Trestle Trail “Bridge” and the Grand Daddy of them all the “Raccoon River Valley Trail” via the same network of trails.
  • Connects the HTT to the north loop of the RRVT which contains the “longest paved loop trail” in the nation.
  • Connects trails that are designated as: part of the American Discovery Trail, a “National Recreation Trail”, and also designated as a “Millennium Trail”.
  • Both trails are classified as Category I trails, the highest classification of statewide significance.
  • This project will complete a missing link in the Central Iowa Trail Network.
  • Tourism numbers and economic opportunities have increased due to these two trails.Trails provide one of the highest “Quality of Life” opportunities in our society.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people utilize these two trails every year and connecting these trails will bring additional users to our communities.
  • Trails provide a positive economic impact on the Central Iowa region.In a 2016 ISU study it was found that $6-$20 per person per trail visit is spent on the Raccoon River Valley Trail in Dallas County.

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Project Location Map

Raccoon River Valley Trail to High Trestle Trail “Connector” project

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 Central Iowa Trails network

This project is an important addition to the Central Iowa Trails network.

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DONATIONS/FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Many of the funds that will be used to construct this trail come from federal and state grant dollars.  These grants usually are in the form of matching grants. These matching dollars are needed from private sources and donors.

If you donate $1,000 or more, you may choose to receive recognition at each trailhead.

Donation Levels listed on Donor recognition sign:

  • $1000 - $4999
  • $5000 - $24,999
  • $25,000 - $49,999
  • $50,000 - $99,999
  • $100,000 +

Donor Recognition Sign examples:

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Private donations and pledges will be used as matching dollars which will significantly leverage each dollar donated privately.

On behalf of the Dallas County Conservation Board and the many partners and supporters of this project, we are asking for your financial support of this “Let’s Connect” project.  Attached to this packet you will find a donation/pledge sheet that you may use to make a contribution.  Your contributions can be made to the Dallas County Conservation Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization that assists and supports the Dallas County Conservation Board in its projects.  Your financial contribution would be leveraged into significant other dollars to make this project successful.  

You can also donate to the Dallas County Conservation Board on line for this project by going to www.letsconnectdallascounty.com and click on the Donate Online button.

 Please help us “Connect” the Raccoon River Valley Trail to the High Trestle Trail.  To help support this trail project or for more information on donating for this project, contact Mike Wallace, Director, Dallas County Conservation Board, 14581 K Ave., Perry, Iowa 50220, 515-465-3577,

Email: mike.wallace@dallascountyiowa.gov.

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 Let's Connect Bike Trail

 Support the 9-mile “connector” between Perry and Woodward that links two outstanding trails:

Raccoon River Valley Trail & High Trestle Trail

Your gift will provide matching funds needed to secure public/private grants and other major support for this project!  Please donate or pledge today to the Dallas County Conservation Foundation. 

You may also donate online to the Dallas County Conservation Board at www.letsconnectdallascounty.com

 

  My gift of $ _________is enclosed.

  Make all checks out to:

Dallas County Conservation Foundation

14581 K Ave.

Perry, Iowa 50220

Ph. 515-465-3577

 

FirstName__________________________LastName_________________________________

Address ____________________ City ______________ State _________ Zip_________

Phone __________________  email _____________________________Date___________

For more information please contact Mike Wallace, Director, Dallas County Conservation Board

Email: mike.wallace@dallascountyiowa.gov Ph. 515-465-3577.

If you donate $1,000 or more, you may choose to receive recognition at each trailhead.

Donation Levels listed on Donor recognition sign:

  • $1000 - $4999
  • $5000 - $24,999
  • $25,000 - $49,999
  • $50,000 - $99,999
  • $100,000 +

The Dallas County Conservation Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization.