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UPDATE: (10/15/19) A local firm has been hired to design and prepare construction documents for construction of Phase 1 of Sugar Creek Greenway Trail. Phase 1 will consist of construction of the .6 mile trail segment between Stagecoach Drive and Booneville Road including construction of two pedestrian bridges. The project will also include construction of several trail spurs that will connect into adjacent residential developments as well as Woodland Hills Park located just east of the planned greenway trail. Actual construction of Phase 1 is anticipated to begin Fall of 2020 and be completed by Summer of 2021.


UPDATE: (9/23/19) Construction of the Jamie Hurd Amphitheater by the WDM City Campus Pond began on 9/23/19. We hope you will excuse the inconvenience that closing a portion of the loop trail around the pond creates, but the trail closure is necessary to allow construction to happen at a safe distance from trail users. If all goes as planned, the trail will reopen in August of 2020 when the Jamie Hurd Amphitheater is complete.

UPDATE: (8/1/19) Work has begun on the Raccoon River Park Boathouse on Blue Heron Lake! The Boathouse will be constructed during the fall of 2019 and winter of 2020. Expected completion date is June 1, 2020.

The Raccoon River Park Boathouse is funded by LOSST (Local Option Sales and Services Tax) monies and by an Iowa DNR REAP (Resource Enhancement and Protection) grant.




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More splashes. More smiles.

Many, many more miles.

The West Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department has put forth plans to develop five signature projects that will transform our parks from everyday places - to places of everyday wonder.


Our goal is to give residents and visitors of all ages and abilities new way to paddle, dance, relax, run, explore, climb, cycle, and walk (and more) in the great outdoors. Let's take a look at how the Five Waters Project will add more life to your life.




Bringing people together to share inspiring musical performances and creative showcases, the amphitheater will serve as our cultural center, nestled between the neighborhood pond and rolling green hills. The amphitheater project will provide space for food truck parking and lawn seating. Private rentals will also be available.

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Offering visitors more ways to "get their feet wet" in the park and Blue Heron Lake, the state-of-the-art boathouse with restrooms will offer bicycle and boat rentals, including canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, standup paddleboards and more. The boathouse will also serve as a river trail and land trail hub and offer additional parking for easy access to the water.

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Completing a 26.2 mile trail connecting Valley View Park, Southwoods Park, Raccoon River Park and future parks, the loop allows cyclists, walkers, runners, and visitors of all ages and abilities to embrace the outdoors. This nature-friendly project also works to protect wildlife and preserve land for future generations. And the best news is - it's already 48% complete!

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Protecting land and wildlife while providing additional river access for paddlers on water trails, the greenway also enables camping close to home, as well as the opportunity to rent tiny houses. As if that wasn't enough, this project also allows exploration of the tree canopy - a whole new way to discover nature.

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Spanning the beautiful Raccoon River, these bridges will serve as a seamless connections for cyclists and pedestrians from Raccoon River Park to Walnut Woods State Park, Purple Martin Water Resource Area, Hidden Valley Soccer Complex and dozens of miles of green trails.

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We're ready to put our plans into action. If you'd like to help take the Five Waters Project from dream to done, email us at
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