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It's official now -- our RRVT is an "Iowa Great Place"!

Liesl Voges, community development director for the Iowa Great Places program, officially handed off the sign designating the recreational trail as a great place in a brief ceremony Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, at the RRVT trailhead on the west edge of Waukee. That's the site of the huge public art installation "Waukee Railroad Pergola -- in the shadow of the rails," designed and constructed by artist David Dahlquist and his colleagues at RDG Planning & Design, of Des Moines.

Save the date -- Raccoon River Valley Trail Association banquet is Feb. 24

The banquet, to be held again at the West Des Moines Marriott Hotel, is like a family reunion of trail users from across Iowa. It also is the one fundraiser each year for the non-profit group that does all the marketing and promotion of our west central Iowa trail. This year's banquet -- the 11th annual -- will as always feature a great meal, a speaker or entertainment, and opportunities to support the organization that has made the RRVT one of the best-known recreational trails in America.

WOW! A $366,000 grant means "Connector" construction can start!

The State Recreational Trails Grant, announced Tuesday, Oct. 10, by the Iowa Department of Transportation, brings the total raised to about $2 million for the 9-mile trail that will link the Raccoon River Valley Trail (in Perry) to the High Trestle Trail (in Woodward). It will allow the construction of the first 1.5 miles of the route in the 2018 season. This will eventually connect two of the most popular rec trails in the nation.

Celebrating 87th birthday with an 87-mile bike ride!

Bob Peterson, of Marshalltown, is an amazing bicyclist who is turning 87 years old. For his last 15 birthdays, he has celebrated by "riding his age" in miles. on "Bob's Birthday Bike Ride." The last 4 or 5 years, those have been on our Raccoon River Valley Trail. This Saturday, Sept. 30, he's leading another big group of friends on a birthday ride on the RRVT. Some will ride 87, some less. And you're all invited to ride along. Lunch & cake are at about noon at ToJo's in Jamaica!