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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.  For more information on how you can support this project go to: www.letsconnectdallascounty.com

 See link to Iowa DOT News Release:



Farm Credit Services donation


Farm Credit Services of America - $2000.00

 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".




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.  





A Fundraising Campaign to Connect Two Trails

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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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