New Dubuque County Park to Honor Deere’s History

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A panel has named a new 137-acre park in Dubuque County, ahead of work to add a mountain bike trail system and disc golf course.

The Telegraph Herald reports the Dubuque County Conservation Board announced this week it had named the Dubuque area park Proving Grounds Recreation Area.

Deere & Co. donated the land for the park, and the name reflects how Deere had long used the property to test its equipment.

The park has been open for hiking and bow hunting. Crews began working on park projects since fall and have added a paved parking area, restrooms and a pavilion.

Upcoming work includes building a 7 1/2-mile mountain bike trail system and an 18-hole disc golf course.

Development costs are expected to total about $300,000.