Andrea Tunink is shown presenting a check for $2000 for the “Connector” project to Mike Wallace, Director of the Dallas County Conservation Board, Monday, June 19, 2017. Andrea is representing Farm Credit Services of America. Earlier this spring several employees of Farm Credit Services of America volunteered their time at Forest Park Museum and the Voas Nature Area as part of their community involvement volunteer opportunity program. They worked hard and did some spring clean-up and landscaping for the two park areas. “To come back and make a significant donation to the Dallas County Conservation Foundation for the Raccoon River Valley Trail to High Trestle Trail Connector project was a big surprise”, stated Wallace. “We really appreciate their support and their donation of time and funds to help our department with some of the areas and projects we are involved in”.
RRVT to HTT Connector Project Receives funds/donations.
The Dallas County Conservation Foundation (DCCF) recently was informed that they will receive a $90,000 grant from the Wellmark Foundation. As stated in the award letter: “It is with great pleasure to inform you that The Wellmark Foundation Board of Directors has approved your request for a $90,000 Large MATCH Grant for the proposed Raccoon River Valley Trail to High Trestle Trail Connector - Phase I. We commend you for your commitment to the health of your community and the individuals that will benefit from your project. As outlined in The Wellmark Foundation’s 2017 Matching Assets to Community Health RFP, the grant amount must be matched on a dollar-per-dollar basis. In order to receive your $90,000 grant, you will need to verify your matching funds by Monday, September 18, 2017. 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. Again, congratulations on the approval of a $90,000 Wellmark Foundation Large MATCH Grant. We look forward to the impact this project will have on generations to come.
What this means is that we need to match this grant with another $90,000, stated Mike Wallace, Director of the Dallas County Conservation Board. This Phase I project would be the first construction segment of the RRVT to HTT Connector trail. This Phase I Construction would include the segment from 18th street in Perry east approximately 1.5 miles to 130th street. It is hoped that this could happen in 2018. The estimated project cost for this Phase I construction is $556,000.
In addition to the recently awarded Wellmark Match Grant, the Dallas County Conservation Foundation also received an additional $10,000 from Bob and Jane Sturgeon donated through the Dallas County Foundation. This special donation was given the same night of the annual Dallas County Foundation awards dinner, April 18, 2017. At that event, the Dallas County Foundation made its final pledge payment donation of $20,000 for the connector project. This brought the total Connector pledge amount paid to a total of $60,000.
These recent funds received or awarded to the DCCF as you might expect, are a great start to getting to the $556,000 estimated Phase I project total. Wallace stated he will continue to apply for additional funds as those opportunities present themselves. Now that the trail season is upon us it would be a great time to make a sizeable donation for this Phase I project. Please consider donating to help raise the funds for this Phase and for the ultimate completion of the RRVT to HTT Connector project. You can donate by going to the following web site www.letsconnectdallascounty.com or call the Dallas County Conservation Board at 515-465-3577.
Major Donation to the Dallas County Conservation Board for the "Let's Connect" Project
On Thursday , November 10, 2016 the Dallas County Conservation Board received a major donation of $100,000 from Joyce VanKirk and her recently deceased husband, Dallas “Pete” VanKirk of Perry, for the “Let’s Connect” project. This project consists of connecting the Raccoon River Valley Trail in Perry to the High Trestle Trail in Woodward. You can read all about it here (http://theperrynews.com/perry-flexes-civic-muscle-with-lets-connect-kickoff-party/) in an article by Jim Caufield of The Perry News.com. For more information on this project you can go to www.letsconnectdallascounty.com or contact the Dallas County Conservation Board at 515-465-3577
A Fundraising Campaign to Connect Two Trails
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!