Iowa State Parks Get Design Overhaul

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POLK CITY, Iowa -- More than five years ago the Iowa DNR started work on designs for its new buildings. Officials wanted the buildings to look like the well-known park designs built during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). And like those buildings officials say these new ones will serve the park for a long time. Officials say all Iowa state parks will have similar designs.

Big Creek State Park’s is one of the first to show this new design on a large-scale. Most of the work is at the park’s beach with nine cabanas, and three new shelters and restrooms. This was paid for by a $3 million infrastructure fund, which came from land and water gaming taxes.

Brushy Creek State Park is the next park on the list to get the big makeover. But many parks are already showing off the new design with uniform kiosks. The DNR is providing a boat tour to the media Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon.