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Posted on: August 29, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Phase 1 of Dakins Lake Expansion Project Awarded

On August 20, Phase 1 of the Dakins Lake Expansion Project was approved for award to McAnich Corporation, of Des Moines.

Story County Conservation (SCC) received five bids for Phase 1 of the expansion project, which were opened at the August 13 Story County Board of Supervisors meeting. On August 19, Story County Conservation Board recommended accepting the low bid from McAninch Corporation and the Board of Supervisors approved the recommendation on August 20.

The Dakins Lake Expansion Project has been divided into phases. Phase 1 of the project will include construction of the dam embankment for the new lake, rough grading of roads and campground area, and construction of three wetlands.

“We are very happy to start this tremendous project. The new park will
improve water quality and provide ample recreational opportunities, and will also provide important economic impacts in the community,” SCC Director Michael Cox said.

Phase 1 will be complete no later than June 30, 2014; however SCC anticipates that construction will be completed later this fall. The park will close September 6 for construction and will remain closed throughout the project.

The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, September 9 at 1 p.m. Please check our website frequently for updates on the project. Phase 2 will be let in late fall 2013 and will include construction of the campground, shower/restroom facility, boat ramp, and picnic shelter.

Dakins Lake, located on the northeast edge of Zearing (12635 710th Ave.), is currently a 41-acre park but will be expanded to a little over 100 acres. As part of that expansion, Story County Conservation plans to increase the amount of open water available for public use with the addition of a 15-acre lake and provide new amenities, including a 30-site campground, shower house, boat ramp, and picnic shelter.

More information about the project can be found on the Conservation website at Interested individuals may also contact Special Projects Ranger Carol Williams at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), or email

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,500 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails. Story County Conservation's volunteer program provides volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups interested in making a difference in local natural resources. No individual will be excluded from events conducted by Story County Conservation because of a disability or impairment. To request accommodations to participate, contact Story County Conservation.

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Carol Williams
Story County Conservation
Phone 515-232-2516
FAX 515-232-6989

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