PERRY, Iowa, July 22, 2018 — The Dallas County Conservation Board was recently named the recipient of a $100,000 Prairie Meadows “Legacy Grant” to fhelp und the construction of the 9-mile “connector trail” that will run between Perry on the Raccoon River Valley Trail and Woodward on the High Trestle Trails.

Prairie Meadows awarded 16 such Legacy Grants this year.

“We really appreciate the awarded Legacy Grant from Prairie Meadows,” said Mike Wallace, director of Dallas County Conservation. “Many times these types of grants end up leveraging additional contributions from others for our project, all of which will help us continue moving forward with the construction of such an important trail.”

The RRVT and High Trestle are two of Iowa’s premier trail systems. The new connector trail will expand these networks, providing unparalleled recreation access for bicyclists, runners, walkers, skiers, and skaters.

The first phase of this $5 million project is already underway as crews construct the initial 1.5 miles of trail starting in Perry and working east.  Nearly 60 percent of the cost of the trail has now been covered by grants and donations.

This year Prairie Meadows awarded a record $5 million to deserving charities and organizations through their Community Betterment and Legacy Grant programs. In total, 266 grants were given to organizations throughout central Iowa. The annual Community Impact Luncheon to honor the recipients will be held on Tuesday, July 24.

“As a nonprofit organization, Prairie Meadows fulfills its mission by giving back to organizations that support arts and culture, education, economic development, and human services. We are excited to see the impact these grants will have on our central Iowa community,” said Julie Stewart, Prairie Meadows’ director of community relations.

Prairie Meadows,the casino resort and race track at Altoona just east of Des Moines, began operations as a nonprofit organization in 1989, with the goal of promoting economic development, jobs, agriculture, and tourism in the state of Iowa. Through taxes, grants, and charitable donations, Prairie Meadows has given more than $1.73 billion to the state of Iowa. Prairie Meadows offers nearly 1,800 slot machines, table games, live and simulcast racing, hotel accommodations, entertainment, and more.