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Stage is part of $2M in improvements at Albany’s Lincoln Park

ALBANY — The city plans to spend $2 million to make improvements in Lincoln Park, including construction of an open-air theater and a pavilion, and the installation of seating and fitness equipment.

The work will be financed in part by nearly $450,000 in state funds secured by Assembly members John McDonald and Patricia Fahy. The rest of the work will be financed from the city’s capital fund through long-term borrowing that will be paid back over time.

At an announcement Tuesday morning, Mayor Kathy Sheehan said the city plans to revitalize playgrounds at Ridgefield, Westland Hills, Mater Christi and Washington Park too.

“These improvements were derived directly from the master plan, meaning that they come from our residents,” Sheehan said.

Sheehan’s proposed operating budget will be released on Thursday, and it comes in a year when the coronavirus pandemic has caused shortfalls in federal aid and a decline in tax

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Ankeny seeks to bring artwork to its part of High Trestle Trail

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With its spectacular 130-foot-tall bridge over the Des Moines River, the High Trestle Trail draws more than 250,000 annual visitors from Iowa and beyond. Now Ankeny, at the other end of the 25-mile biking and pedestrian trail, wants to make its section just as memorable. 

A proposal submitted to the Ankeny City Council calls for a host of improvements to the already popular byway, which runs 4.1 miles from its eastern trailhead through one of Iowa’s fastest-growing cities.

The plan includes temporary and permanent art installations at points along the trail. Included are 6- to 8-foot-tall sculptures of Iowa prairie animals, pocket parks, colorfully decorated under- and overpasses and a 15-foot-high trestle bridge sculpture under which the trail would pass. 

The elaborate proposal document also envisions new signage that would make it easier for trail users to find their way.

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