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The "pergola" is an even bigger deal than we imagined

Artist David Dahlquist invited a group of trail supporters and public art advocates into the RDG Dahlquist Art Studio in downtown Des Moines to see the start of the work on what will be the "Waukee Railroad Pergola -- in the shadow of the rails." You can't believe the work, strain and sweat that goes into building an art installation like this one. In this brief story, and with 21 photographs, we give you a good look.

The fun (and work) starts now on "Waukee Railroad Pergola"

Artists in the RDG Planning & Design studio in downtown Des Moines next week will start making, pressing and firing 7,758 clay tiles that will be used this year in the building of a huge, $1.1 million public art installation, which will be the gateway to the Raccoon River Valley Trail on the west side of Waukee. Parking lot paving, concrete footings, electrical installation are all scheduled toward a goal of completing the iconic artwork by the end of August. Get ready for some fun spectating!

What's the latest in "bike trail tourism"?

The 4th annual "Bike Trail Tourism Conference" is set for next Thursday, March 30, at the Hotel Pattee in Perry. Presenters include some top trail experts, including several who've been involved in economic development along trails, like our Raccoon River Valley Trail and the neighboring High Trestle Trail. The conference will be especially helpful to businesses and communities wanting to attract more trail users.

RRVT Association banquet nets $17,000!

The crowd of 140 people was a little lighter than in recent years, but those attending were more generous than ever. They contributed more than $8,000 in sponsorships, donations, bidding on auction items and playing in two raffles. And, amazingly, they contributed another $7,358.85 at the banquet to finish off fundraising to pave the final eight trail crossings of gravel roads. They heeded guest speaker Terry Rich's inspired call to make the RRVT "the best recreational trail in America!"