Des Moines Register: Three key sites for Water Trails gain city approval

January 28, 2021

A plan to transform the Des Moines River into a downtown recreational amenity for kayakers, paddlers and even surfers gained more approvals Wednesday, bringing the Central Iowa Water Trails project one step closer to fruition. The Des Moines Zoning Board of Adjustment on Wednesday approved conditional use permits…

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Business Record: Central Iowa Water Trails: From a plan to reality

January 5, 2021

The Central Iowa Water Trails project in 2020 went from “this would be great if it happened, to this is happening.” “So I think in 2021 we’re going to see more of that come online, more of the actual bones of this long-term, multigenerational project be built, and turning…

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Des Moines Register: In Greater DSM, we can create a strong future

November 16, 2020

In the midst of a challenging environment, there is still reason for optimism in Greater Des Moines. Visionary, transformational projects are moving forward. Think about the Central Iowa Water Trails project, the planned soccer stadium in downtown Des Moines and the Des Moines International Airport terminal project. To read the…

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Enjoying Central Iowa’s Water Trails

October 19, 2020

Take a listen as Hannah Inman, CEO of the Great Outdoors Foundation, talks with Lou and Jackie on Iowa Live on how to enjoy Central Iowa’s water trails. With more than 80 access sites planned to activate 150+ miles of waterways, there is almost something for everyone on Iowa’s waters.

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Outfitter Opens on Water Trail in Johnston

June 25, 2020

JOHNSTON, Iowa – The City of Johnston and the Central Iowa Water Trails Incubator are pleased to announce a new partnership with an outfitter, Quarry Springs Outfitters, to offer kayak rentals at the recently opened NW 70th Avenue access point along Beaver Creek. “This is another important…

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Raccoon River Boathouse Looks Ahead to Opening

June 11, 2020

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — West Des Moines residents soon won’t have to travel far to go kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding. The Raccoon River Park boathouse is now less than two weeks away from being complete. “People are still going to be surprised when they pull into Raccoon River Park…

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