Event to Celebrate Restoration of Jones County’s Central Park

A celebration of the lake restoration efforts at Central Park in Jones County will be held tonight.

Project partners started meeting in 2012 on the park’s restoration. Together, they developed a watershed management plan. And work started in 2013 to improve water quality in the watershed – they added 77 new parkland acres and created two ponds and two wetlands.

The Jones County Conservation Board and Iowa DNR started in-lake restoration work in 2017, removing over 130-thousand cubic yards of excess sediment from the lake, protecting shorelines from erosion, rebuilding the boat ramp and parking lot, renovating the beach and adding informational kiosks and a new accessible fishing pier.

The total investment was three-point-eight million dollars.

A grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will be held at the beach at Central Park Lake in Center Junction tonight at 5:30 pm. The event is free to the public and will feature a variety of family-friendly activities, including free paddleboat and kayak rentals, a kids casting station and a nature center open house. Families are encouraged to bring their own picnic to the event.


photo courtesy of Jones County Conservation