The Des Moines Park and Recreation Department has been awarded a $300,000 state grant to make improvements to McRae Park near downtown. The grant money will be used to restore approximately 35 acres of savanna and woodland; construct a paved trail between the park and Meredith Trail; create a soft-surface nature trail through the restored savanna/woodland and install signage. One of the city's oldest parks, MacRae Park is situated just south of downtown Des Moines on Southwest Ninth Street.