Clay County portion of Iowa Great Lakes Trail receives REAP funding

Friday, October 16, 2015

Emmetsburg project also receives grant dollars

DES MOINES -- The Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources approved Resource Enhancement and Protection grants to 24 cities for use in parks and open spaces during its October meeting. The projects awarded nearly $2.4 million.

Both Spencer and Emmetsburg were among the communities receiving funding for projects.

Phase one of the Clay County acquisition for the Iowa Great Lakes Trail received a $100,000 grant.

This project will acquire property necessary for development of the Clay County portion of the Iowa Great Lakes Trail. This is the first phase in a three-year project to create the Clay County portion of the Iowa Great Lakes Trail and link the cities of Spencer and Fostoria in Clay County with the Iowa Great Lakes Trail in Dickinson County.

Emmetsburg Lakeside Park and Campground also received $75,000. This project will develop a $1.8 million phase one of the lakeside park and camping complex that will accentuate the natural resources, lake access and recreational amenities offered by Five Island Lake in Emmetsburg.

Phase one of this project is the development of camping sites, camping cabins, a public dock, a public beach, a vehicle and trailer parking, a playground, a convenience store, ashower house and a trail through the development.

The REAP City Parks and Open Space competitive grants help cities establish natural areas, encouraging outdoor recreation and resource management. Cities were separated into three categories: population under 2,000, population 2,000 to 25,000 and population over 25,000.

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