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Previous Projects

Waukee Railroad Pergola 

In the Shadow of the Rails



The Waukee Betterment Foundation, led by President Jim Miller, raised $1.1 million for the creation and installation of the Waukee Railroad Pergola – In the Shadow of the Rails. Each summer, thousands of biking and trail users will visit public art installation at the Raccoon River Valley Trailhead located in Waukee. The community gathering place, which opened in 2018, was designed by David Dahlquist and RDG Planning & Design and features red and white columns to visually echo former railway signage. The project celebrates the railroad history of Waukee, and features LED lights to make nighttime riding enjoyable.






The Waukee Betterment Foundation thanks the following donors for their support:

Iowa Great Places

City of Waukee

Prairie Meadows

Vision Iowa

T. and Edna M. Dahl Trust


UnityPoint Health

Jim & Deb Miller

Bravo Greater Des Moines

Principal Financial Group

The Wellmark Foundation

Dallas County Foundation

Wittern Charitable Foundation

Dallas County Supervisors

Shottenkirk Chevrolet

In Memory of Jack Jordison

MidAmerican Energy Company

Carol Vavra in Memory of Edward Vavra

Access Systems

The Iowa Clinic

Steve & Cindy Rasmussen

Rotary Club of Waukee

Light the Trail Night Ride Proceeds

BACooN Ride Event Proceeds

Homesteaders Life Company

Kyle and Sharon Krause

Casey’s General Stores


Hy-Vee – Waukee

Raccoon River Valley Trail Association

Knapp Properties

Morgan Stanley Foundation

Merchants Bonding Company Foundation

Caribou Coffee – Waukee

Randy & Cindy Jensen

Bishop Engineering

Bike World


Mulch Mart

Andrew & Lisa Bean

Mike & Patti Brewington

Waukee Triangle Business Group

West Bank

Hubbell Realty Company

Iowa Bicycle Coalition

Roger & Kim Ceilley

Downing Development

Voss Distributing

Design Alliance

In Memory of Carol “BC” Schofield

McDonald’s – Raccoon Valley Partners

Adel Chrysler

Steve & Alison Lang

Stivers Ford Lincoln

Waukee Area Arts Council

Carol & Russ Carlson


Van Wall Equipment

Ron & Carla Stallman

Veenstra & Kimm

Snyder & Associates

Kirkham Michael & Associates

Franklin & Tracy Codel Endowment

Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce

Peoples Trust & Savings Bank

Andrew Manatt

Whiterock Conservancy

Scott & Susan Coombs

Mayor William F. Peard

David & Laura Mackaman

Kathy & Ron Ridnour

Jeff Johannesen

Broderick Animal Clinic

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