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Posted on: May 18, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Dakins Lake Improvement Open House is June 4

Story County Conservation will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed Dakins Lake master plan on Monday, June 4 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Delos and Lucille Dakins Community Center (105 East Main Street) in Zearing.

The meeting will be an opportunity for park users and interested community members to give input on the Dakins Lake improvements project. Shive-Hattery, Inc. will unveil the proposed master plan at this meeting, showing suggested new facilities and locations. Story County Conservation staff and members from Shive-Hattery will be present to gather feedback and answer questions.

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 and provide new amenities. The expansion project will be funded by tax-increment financing (TIF) on the windmills in the northeast corner of Story County.

If you cannot attend the public meeting but would like to give input, go to this link: and fill out the Dakins Lake Expansion Vision Form.

You can also follow updates by Special Projects Ranger Carol Williams on SCC’s new blog, The Greenprint at: More information about the project can be found on the Conservation website at or on our Facebook page at

Interested individuals may also contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), or email

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,000 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails. The Environmental Education staff serves Story County schools and the public with interpretive and informational programs for all ages. 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

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