Arnolds Park Rain Garden to protect and beautify local landmark

Improvements will divert runoff from West Lake Okoboji


SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – July 12, 2018 – A $25,000 grant from Alliant Energy will assist with the construction of a new rain garden between the historic Arnolds Park Amusement Park and West Lake Okoboji.   

Rain gardens absorb stormwater and help prevent runoff from flooding a nearby lake or pond. They also create a natural filtration system that reduces the impact of fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals. Once constructed, the rain garden will improve local water quality while beautifing the area.

“Lake Okoboji is an Iowa treasure,” said Doug Kopp, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “Alliant Energy is proud to partner with Arnolds Park to provide environmental improvements to the lakefront and assist with their beautification efforts.”

Signs near the rain gardens will explain how they work and detail their impact to help educate the public.

“We are very appreciative of Alliant Energy’s support of our Restore The Park project. Throughout our restoration efforts, water quality is among our utmost concerns,” says Jeff Vierkant, CEO of Arnolds Park Amusement Park. “Our progress to date, and our plans for the future, have included rain gardens and pervious paving materials that absorb and filter storm water runoff before reaching our lake.  Our lake is a natural wonder and we appreciate Alliant Energy’s help to protect our natural resources.”

Media contact: Mike Wagner, 319-786-4040