Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Road Ahead

The interior park road that has been closed at Jester Park since March 13, opened on Friday, June 16! We appreciate your patience while this park improvement project was taking place.

The interior park road leading towards the future site of the Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center

The nature center site is no longer just full of dirt! Throughout the month of June, work around the building site has continued with the addition of several rainwater detention ponds, along with the grading and paving of the parking lot. Contractors have placed electric conduit to serve the new building and foundation work for the Jester Park Nature Center will begin soon!

A portion of the nature center parking lot being paved


View overlooking the future site and parking lot of the Jester Park Nature Center

The parking lot overlooking Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center

Jester Park Nature Center parking lot progress


As always, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @PolkCountyConservation and Facebook for updates on the construction progress in real-time, beautiful landscapes, nature, wildlife, environmental education, and more!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Paving the Way for the Gateway to the Outdoors

Despite the rain and bad weather over the past few weeks, construction for the Jester Park Nature Center is well underway. Construction efforts are currently being focused on site work around the Nature Center.

Overlooking the Nature Center Parking Lot

Several storm water basins have been built and grading of the parking lot area is complete. The Nature Center parking lot is soon to be paved along with utility work is also underway. Work on the building is set to begin in the next couple of weeks with the footings and drain system. Exciting things are in the works! Below are a few pictures of the construction progress being made at the site of the Jester Park Nature Center.


Culvert on the Backside of the Nature Center Site
Stormwater Basins and the New Road Next to the Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center
Nature Center Main Entrance Road Leading into the Parking Lot
Overlooking the Nature Center Entrance Road
The Graded Nature Center Parking Lot
Main Road to the Jester Park Nature Center

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Rainy Day of Bright Beginnings

Making the Ground Breaking Official! Making the Ground Breaking Official!
(Pictured from left to right: Polk County Supervisor Robert Brownell, Polk County Conservation Richard Leopold, Great Outdoors Foundation & Campaign Co-chair Patricia Boddy, Polk County Conservation Board Member Tom Levis, Honorary Co-chair Robert E. Jester, and Des Moines Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ahart.


Shine or rain (in this case), ground was officially broken for the Jester Park Nature Center on March 29, 2017. Polk County Conservation would like to thank everyone who attended and those who helped make the nature center possible. We are excited to begin this journey with you!

Despite the rain, a large crowd of people came!

Patricia Boddy, Campaign Co-chair & Great Outdoors Foundation Board Member, addressing the crowd.

Atlatl Throwing

Nature Center Campaign Leadership Team Group Photo.

Renderings of the Jester Park Nature Center

Jester Park Nature Center Updates


Major grading of the Jester Park Nature Center building site is currently underway, as well as installation of the water main.

Grading of the main road in Jester Park near the Nature Center has also taken place with the next phases in progress. The road is on schedule to be completed before Memorial Day weekend.

Grading Equipment by the Jester Park Nature Center Site

Water Main Installation Materials

Main Entrance View of the Jester Park Nature Center

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @PolkCountyConservation for updates on the construction progress in real-time, beautiful landscapes, nature, wildlife, environmental education, and more!