RELEASE: ICON Breaks Ground on the First of Its Downtown Sites

April 27, 2023

DES MOINES, IA (April 27, 2023) – ICON Water Trails has broken ground on the first of its downtown sites, the access point located at the Scott Avenue dam in Des Moines. This project includes both in-water and uplands work, with eventual whitewater features and educational plaza. In honor of…

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Des Moines Register: Bidder Identified for ICON Water Trails project

November 1, 2022

Des Moines Metro officials could approve a contract for construction of a key part of the downtown water trails renovations as soon as next week, finally moving forward a project that local leaders have long prioritized to create more outdoor activities in town. The Des Moines Area Metropolitan…

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Business Record: ICON, Val Air Awarded Destination Iowa Grants

September 19, 2022

The Great Outdoors Foundation has been awarded $7 million in Destination Iowa funds to help develop the Scott Avenue site of the ICON Water Trails initiative. The funding was part of $12.9 million in grants that were announced on Friday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. ICON Water…

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Business Record: Networking on Water

September 16, 2022

I had the amazing opportunity to join ICON Water Trails for its last float of the season recently. A group of about a dozen folks from ICON, the Iowa DNR, Polk County Conservation and supporters paddled the stretch of the Raccoon River from Van Meter to Booneville, west of…

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