- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Fundraising is continuing for the $10 million nature center at Jester Park that’s intended to become Polk County’s gateway to the outdoors.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/1Sg30nQ) that $7.5 million already has been committed, leaving $2.5 million to be raised from private sources before the final design and construction.

The park sits northwest of Des Moines, along the northwest side of Saylorville Lake.

The center will include a 17,000-square-foot hub with classrooms, environmental displays and equipment rentals for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fishing and collecting insects or marine life. There also will be an art gallery, exhibit hall and conference rooms.

The goal is to begin construction next year and open the nature center April 22, 2018 - Earth Day.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com


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