Parks Foundation Grant Approved

December 17, 2015

The Iowa Parks Foundation has awarded a 20-thousand dollar matching grant to six northwest Iowa counties to develop a broad and long-term strategy for parks and trail development in the region.

Officials say the planning process could lead to a second grant worth one-point-nine million dollars from the Parks Foundation. The matching grant will benefit residents and visitors to Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, O’Brien and Palo Alto counties. Governments in each of the counties pledged 35-hundred dollars to support the request.

Kiley Miller of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation says the program is being made possible through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and an initiative by Governor Terry Branstad called the Green Ribbons Commission, which Miller chairs locally. B And while the corridor isn’t directly involved in the effort, Miller says it does have important ramifications when it comes to economic development and attracting more workers to the area.

Miller says they’ll be calling on the public in the near future to come up with projects that should be made priorities through the initiative.