July 31, 2017
Sept. 18, 2017
Raccoon River Valley Trailhead
The Waukee Betterment Foundation, led by President Jim Miller, raised $1.1 million for the creation and installation of the Waukee Railroad Pergola - In the Shadow of the Rails. Each summer, thousands of biking and trail users will visit this $1.1 public art installation at the Raccoon River Valley Trailhead located in Waukee. The community gathering place was designed by David Dahlquist and RDG Planning & Design and features red and white columns to visually echo former railway signage. The piece celebrates the railroad history of Waukee, and features LED lights to make nighttime riding enjoyable.
All-Inclusive Recreational Area
The Foundation is currently raising funds for the construction of an all-inclusive ball field, playground and fishing pier to be located at the future Waukee Youth Sports Complex. Completion is slated for 2021. Approximately 6,500 people with disabilities (American Community Survey, 2016) reside within Dallas County. Upon completion of this project, those residents will be able to enjoy these popular amenities without barriers.
Photos provided by the City of Ankeny.