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The City of Kalona received the largest share of spring grant funds awarded Wednesday by the Washington County Riverboat Foundation. The City received grants for two projects: $554,300 for the SouthTown Recreation Park and Trail, and $50,000 for the 2023 Student-Built House project.

The WCRF awarded 25 grants totaling $1,630,255 on May 17 after the conclusion of their meeting at Wooden Wheel Vineyards in Keota.

“SouthTown has got big plans out there,” WCRF President Steph Sexton said as she announced the grant for the City of Kalona. “We would like to help get you started with the trailhead, the dog park, and public restroom project for $554,300.”

The City applied for a grant last fall for the trailhead project and did not receive one; however, this time, “We were very successful in our applications,” City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh told The News after the award announcement.


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