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John Deere helps fund Iowa park's redevelopment and renewal

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

John Deere will continue to contribute to Iowa city park's renewal.
John Deere will continue to contribute to Iowa city park's renewal.

The director of parks and recreation for the city of Ankeny, Iowa, Todd Redenius, told The Des Moines Register that, following a one-year cleanup, Chautauqua Park will receive a design master plan. That plan's implementation is expected to last for an additional year and include playgrounds and trails.

The site is a former water and land waste site used by the city, Deere, and the U.S. Army since World War II, with all three groups now contributing to the landfill's development as a city park, the news source reported. John Deere also will fund most of the monitoring costs for the next 30 years, as part of an agreement between the agricultural equipment-maker and the Iowa locale.

Chautauqua will, once completed, be the second-largest park in Ankeny, though its size will also prevent most additional developments from being constructed until the economy is healthier, said the media outlet.

Agricultural and construction machinery made by John Deere is available at dealers throughout the country. In particular, used construction equipment and used heavy equipment provide the necessary tools for commercial and residential projects.

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