Public Meeting Tuesday On MacRae Park Revitalization

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Des Moines Parks and Recreation is looking for suggestions on how to improve MacRae Park.

This park may be more than a hundred years old, but its views are timeless. This is just one of the reasons Des Moines Park and Recreation wants to invest in the park. Last year it received a $300,000 Resource Enhancement and Protection grant. Most of that money is going toward building a trail and restoring the savanna and woodland in the park. However during a meeting last fall residents expressed interest in more renovations.

Tuesday night officials will present detailed proposals based on some of their suggestions. “They have a chance to weigh in on the plan that we’ve put together, based on the input we got last fall. So I mean if the public wants this trail, but not this playscape this is their chance to really say this is what we want our park to be. Because the park belongs to the citizens,” said Jen Fletcher from Des Moines Park and Recreation.

Fletcher is not sure how much more money they would need to raise for these potential renovations, because a lot of that depends on what the public has to say Tuesday night. The meeting is at 6:00 p.m. inside the parks enclosed shelter, 1021 Davis Ave.