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ICON Water Trails receives $300,000 gift from Prairie Meadows


Prairie Meadows has donated $300,000 to the Great Outdoors Foundation for use toward the ICON Water Trails projects. The gift from Prairie Meadow’s Legacy Grant program will secure naming rights for fishing nodes at the Scott Avenue location near downtown Des Moines. The site is the first in the development of a downtown river run experience, and part of the overall network that will connect more than 80 improvements across 150 miles of waterways in Central Iowa. More than $29 million in private donations has been raised for the $125 million initiative. The goal for the capital campaign is $33.5 million. Overall, more than $70 million has been raised, including a $25 million federal Build Grant and $15 million from the state’s Water Infrastructure Fund. Maggie McClelland, director of ICON Water Trails, said, “Completing the Scott Avenue project is a critical first step to activating our downtown river run experience. Thanks to this generous contribution, we are one step closer to making that reality and completing transforming the way we engage with our waterways here in Central Iowa.” Julie Stewart, vice president of community relations at Prairie Meadows, said ICON Water Trails will “shape our community, now and into the future. The importance of safe, accessible outdoor activities for all and the role they play in the health of our community enhances our quality of life and improves workforce and tourism attraction efforts.” Project leaders tout ICON Water Trails as making the region more competitive for workforce attraction and retention. They say projections show it will result in $104 million in direct spending in the first five years of operating downtown.

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