The City of La Porte City has been awarded a grant of $75,000 from Resource Enhancement and Protection commonly referred to as REAP.
REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect the Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. 15% of REAP is set aside for grants to cities for projects that help establish natural areas, encourage outdoor recreation and resource management.
The grant money will be used for Phase I of the Wolf Creek Reclamation and Park Development Project. Phase I of this project involves the acquisition of approximately 1.93 acres of land at 504 Tama Street, stream bank reclamation along both sides of Wolf Creek, and the installation of one canoe/kayak access. The stream bank reclamation along Wolf Creek will include clearing, grubbing, excavation, rip-rap, and seeding. This project is the first phase of the Wolf Creek Reclamation and Park Development Master Plan. Future phases include establishment of Creekside park, a shelter and a day lighted storm sewer bioswale on the acquisition property as well as bike trail rehabilitation and additional kayak/canoe landings in other areas along the creek. Total estimated costs of Phase I are $113,036.00.
The proposed project will transform a currently unmaintained and nondescript area into a valuable natural resource for La Porte City. The clearing of the creek banks and land acquisition will give residents and visitors a quality green space that can be enjoyed by all generations. Removing the overgrowth and installing riprap will help protect the creek bank.
In its 25 years, REAP has benefited every county in Iowa by supporting 14,535 projects. REAP has funded these projects with $264 million in state investments, leveraging two to three times the amount in private, local and federal dollars.
Collectively, these projects have improved the quality of life for all Iowans with better soil and water quality; added outdoor recreation opportunities; sustained economic development; enhanced knowledge and understanding of our ecological and environmental assets, and preservation of our cultural and historic treasures.