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  • Fri November 14 2003
  • Posted Nov 14, 2003
DES MOINES - Iowa's Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP) is investing $2.6 million in 27 city and county projects as approved Thursday by the DNR's Natural Resource Commission. New multi-purpose trails, conservation areas and park developments will be created throughout the state by REAP grants that are going to 19 cities and 8 county conservation boards. While the city and county grants do not require cost-sharing, the grant requests identified more than $4.5 million in additional funding for those projects from local and other sources, making the total investment $7.2 million, explained Jeff Vonk, director of the DNR. More information about REAP is available at www.iowadnr.com. and individual city and county conservation board staff. Funded projects for 2003 include: Cities under 2,000 population:
  • Earlville, Conrad Field City Park and Waterway - $50,000
  • Tiffin, City Park and Open Space - $50,000
  • Maxwell, Heart of Iowa Nature Trail - $50,000
  • Woodward, Central Iowa Trail Project - $75,000
  • Orleans, West Big Spirit Trail - $50,000
  • Volga, Riverfront Development and Trail - $50,000
  • Latimer, Bike and Walking Trail - $42,600
Cities 2,000 to 25,000 population:
  • Spencer, Little Sioux Recreational Trail - $125,000
  • Perry, Hiawatha Park - $100,000
  • LeMars, Recreational Trail and Pond - $100,000
  • Maquoketa, Maquoketa Shore Line Trail - $100,000
  • Fairfield, Chautauqua Park Trail, $80,000
  • Madrid, Central Iowa Trail, $43,700
Cities greater than 25,000:
  • Urbandale, Walnut Creek Regional Park - $44,250
  • Cedar Falls, Big Woods Lake West Trail - $100,00
  • Iowa City, Waterworks Park Prairie Restoration - $80,350
  • Bettendorf, Field Sike Greenway and Park - $150,000
  • Des Moines, American Discovery Trail - $300,000
  • Fort Dodge, Soldier Creek Nature Trail - $87,000
County conservation boards:
  • Pottawattamie, Owen Rahel Wildlife Preserve - $150,000
  • Bremer, Wapsi River Greenbelt - $153,400
  • Buchanan, Anderson Additions - $37,646
  • Union, Three Mile Lake Primitive Camp Modernization, $27,654
  • Jackson, Hurstville Interpretive Center - $82,407
  • Lee, Turkey Run Wildlife Area - $195,000
  • Clay, Little Sioux Recreation Area - $93,500
  • Dallas, Raccoon River Greenbelt Land Acquisition - $155,000
More on the City of Maxwell: The city of Maxwell got some great news recently when they were advised that their Heart of Iowa Trail REAP grant was selected for funding. That adds $50,000 to their efforts to restore a historic old railroad bridge across Rock Creek at the southeast corner of town and will allow them to complete their in-town segment of the trail next summer.

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