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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Here are 25 ways - from serious to silly - to show your kids how much you love them.


The Dallas Center Police Department is partnering with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division to keep tobacco out of the hands of Dallas Center youth.

The program includes retailer training as well as compliance checks on local establishments.

Read the full press release here.


Click the "Business" menu tab to see commercial property for sale or lease in Dallas Center.


Text information about unlawful activities such as sales of alcohol to minors or underage use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs anywhere in Dallas County.

Please provide the location and time of such activities when possible.

TEXT-A-TIPS are anonymous.

Paid for by Dallas County JAAG (Juvenile Anti Alcohol Group), sponsored by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office & Juvenile Court Services.


National Flood Insurance Program

Effective February 22, 2010, Dallas Center residents are able to purchase federally backed flood insurance.

Click here to see the news release, and visit for coverage information and agent locations.



Remember that it is unlawful for any owner to allow an animal to run at large within the corporate limits of the City. Please put your animal on a leash!

If you have a US Flag that needs retired, drop it off at City Hall, and the Boy Scouts will take care of it for you.

Public attendance and input is always encouraged at Dallas Center public hearings, City Council meetings, and other meetings listed in the Events Calendar.

Are you ready for the next severe weather? Do a reality check here.

Always Call 911 immediately about any active or developing traffic, fire, weather, abuse, violence, criminal activity, medical condition or other situation you believe might be an imminent threat to life or property.

Raccoon River Valley Trail

The Raccoon River Valley Trail is owned and managed by the Conservation Boards in Greene, Guthrie and Dallas Counties.

The Union Pacific's abandonment of its railroad line in Guthrie and Dallas Counties opened the way for a 33-mile "north loop" addition to the Raccoon River Valley Trail.

This will add Jamaica, Dawson, Perry, Minburn, and Dallas Center to the list of communities accessible to trail users.

(Click on the map for a larger version)

How Will the RRVT Benefit Dallas Center?

The many benefits of recreational trails to users and trailside communities have become obvious over the the last few decades.

In November 2006, Chuck Offenberger, secretary of the Raccoon Valley River Trail Association, met with the Dallas Center Rotary Club and shared his expectations of the Trail's eventual impact on Dallas Center's economy:

"Don't look at it as just a trail that you're going to get in Dallas Center. Look at it like a new industry that's coming to town.

We used to estimate that 70,000 people per year were on the RRVT, but since the connection was made into the trails of the Des Moines metro area, the surveys now indicate there are 100,000 people per year.

And when we get the new 'north loop' completed and get our marketing and promotion plan going, we think those figures could triple or quadruple. So, even by a conservative estimate, you can probably look at 200,000 people a year coming through Dallas Center on the RRVT.

Think of the economic benefit of that! What else do you have that brings that many people to Dallas Center, except for Highway 44?"

The City of Dallas Center is responsible for supporting the two-mile long, 10-ft wide portion of the concrete or asphalt trail across our city limits, and has received two $75,000 REAP Grants for the project.

The first grant was used for the city's acquisition of the portion of the railroad line within the Dallas Center city limits, and the second one will be used for the development of the portion of the trail through the city.

Additional funding will be sought from multiple agencies, organizations, and private sources to complete the Dallas Center part of the project.

The DC Economic Development Committee and the Facilities Committee are working together to make the RRVT's Dallas Center trail head a harmonious part of Dallas Center's concurrent Revitalization Project.

Project Updates


Current planning calls for the trailhead to be located near the intersection of 14th Street and Walnut St.

Below are different options being considered for the design and location of Dallas Center's Raccoon River Valley trailhead, and you can click on each of the images below for a larger version. (The drawings can also be viewed at City Hall.)

This drawing is one option for the trailhead to be located at the northeast corner of Walnut and 14th Street.

This drawing is a second option for the trailhead to be located at the northeast corner of Walnut and 14th Street.

This drawing is one option for the trailhead to be located south of the library.

This drawing is a second option for the trailhead to be located south of the library.

Bike Trail Related

This drawing proposes a bike trail tunnel where the trail crosses Highway 44, to be built under the highway, when the highway is eventually widened.

City Events Calendar

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