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OVERLOOK POND ACCESSIBLE PATHWAY


The FIRST Accessible Nature Trail at The Brenton Arboretum



           For the past 20 years visitors have explored our landscapes and tree collections by strolling the grassy mown paths that crisscross the property. The hilly slopes and uneven surface of these paths make it difficult for guests with mobility issues. To ensure everyone has the opportunity to explore the wonders of nature, the Arboretum has set a goal to pave the first of several accessible trails at our institution.



This first trail will circle Overlook Pond. This trail will be a comfortable 1/4 mile loop around the picturesque pond that was originally built in the 1950s. The smooth concrete path will take visitors near the water’s edge to glimpse fish, lily pads, and waterfowl. It also winds through our collection of Shingle Oaks, past Dawn Redwood, and along the edge of a grove of Shagbark Hickories. Overlook Pond is at a highpoint on the property, which provides sweeping views of the Arboretum landscape and the gently rolling fields beyond.



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Overlook Pond Location


Special thanks to Simonson & Associates for there donation of the work to create the construction documents for this project.



Overlook Pond Pathway Project Budget


Expenses Cost
Landscape Architect Conceptual $1,725.00
Topographical Survey $3,277.50
Excavation & Grading $7,675.00
Base Prep, Staking, & Mobilization $6,295.00
Paving       $37,992.54
Drainage Culverts $3,582.50
Handicap Parking Lot $4,833.15
Signs & Bench $1,525.00
Retaining Wall & Boulders $5,000.00
Sustaining Fund for Endowment $7,500.00
TOTAL PROJECTED EXPENSES:      $79,405.69

Donations, Pledges, & In Kind Value
Anonymous Pledge       $30,000.00
Donor Contribution(s)         $15,750.00
In Kind Survey by CDA $3,277.50
Thank you to Civil Design
Advantage of Grimes, IA!
Memorial Contributions $1,450.00
In honor of Janis Winterhof
TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO DATE:  $50,477.50

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LEFT TO RAISE:            $28,928.19




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How to Make a Donation


The Brenton Arboretum is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Our EIN number is 31-1578089. All contributions are tax-exempt. Gifts to our endowment can be made through the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

Gifts can also be made online with a credit or debit card via this link:


Contributions by check can be made out and mailed to:

The Brenton Arboretum
25141 260th Street
Dallas Center, IA 50063

Please note in the memo line that your gift is in support of the Overlook Pond Trail.

To inquire about naming opportunities, memorials, or tributes, please call Melissa Burdick at 515-992-4211 ext. 3.