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Glenwood’s trail system project is receiving a financial boost from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources through its Resource Enhancement and Protection fund known as  REAP.  REAP awarded Glenwood a $100,000 grant to help support the project.

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REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect the Iowa’s natural and cultural resources.  Fifteen percent of REAP is set aside for grants to cities and 20 percent is set aside for county conservation boards for projects that help establish natural areas, encourage outdoor recreation and resource management.

The grant money will assist with the overall construction cost of the project which includes building three miles of paved trails through Glenwood that would be used as a pedestrian and cycling trail.  Four bridges will be constructed as a result of the trail system.

The long-term goal is to build out the trails to connect them eventually to the Wabash Trace Nature Trail which runs through southwest Iowa.

REAP has benefitted southwest Iowa greatly in the past 30 years by funding 101 projects in Mills County for allocations totaling $1,605,039 and 170 projects in Pottawattamie County for total allocations of $7,592,263.

MAPA Community and Economic Development staff completed the application for REAP funding and submitted it on behalf of the City of Glenwood and the Mills County Trails Board.

For more information on how MAPA staff can assist your community’s community and economic development needs, contact Don Gross, MAPA Community and Economic Development Manager at dgross@mapacog.org or 402-444-6866, ext. 230.