I.R.T.H. Commission from Hardin County and
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City of Marshalltown
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for Outdoor Recreation !!!
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The Iowa River Trail starts in Steamboat Rock and travels through Eldora, Gifford, Union, Liscomb, Albion, and ending in Marshalltown.
Covering 22 miles through Hardin County and 12 through Marshall County
April 1, 2017 - by the Eldora Herald Ledger
HARDIN COUNTY – The Hardin County Community Endowment Foundation introduced a new idea in this year’s 2017 grant program which it’s labeled a “Tidal Wave Grant”. The recipient was a group dedicated to the Iowa River’s recreational development. Starting this year, should a qualifying organization have a project that impacts a significant
portion of Hardin County, the endowment would consider their grant application for an amount greater than the normal $10,000 maximum. In addition to meeting all other grant qualifications, an applicant asking for consideration for approval under the “Tidal Wave Grant” grant applicant was required to meet other standards of expectation in addition to having a
project that would impact a large portion of Hardin County. Full details were announced at the beginning of the grant cycle last October and remain posted on our website as follows: The maximum grant request is $10,000, not to exceed 50 percent of total project cost except for consideration of Tidal Wave grant. Consideration of Tidal Wave grants (more than $10,000) which significantly impact a large portion of Hardin County may have been granted if an explanation was made
in a special presentation to the HCCEF Affiliate Advisory Board at their regularly scheduled meeting on October 20 or November 17, 2016. This year the board announced they had one applicant for consideration and their grant application was accepted and approved. The first recipient of a grant under our “Tidal Wave Grant” program is The Iowa River-Hardin organization. Iowa River Trail-Hardin The Iowa River Trail-Hardin Commission’s purpose is to acquire, plan, develop, preserve, maintain, promote, and manage the new multipurpose recreation Iowa River Trail in Hardin County.
The trail will offer safe access for walkers, runners, cyclist, skiers, bird watchers, snowmobilers along a thirty four mile route. The trail will have a positive economic impact through increased tourism, retail sales, enhanced property values, and new business opportunities. The particular trail project this year involves the rehabilitation of a historic bridge spanning the Iowa River in Steamboat Rock. This project represents a crucial first step that will open up the trail eventually connecting seven communities from Steamboat Rock to Marshalltown. The Hardin County CommunityEndowment Foundation extendeda “tidal wave grant” of twenty five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) on thehistoric bridge in Steamboat Rockon the Iowa River Trail.
April 1, 2017 - by the Eldora Herald Ledger - Rick Patrie
HARDIN COUNTY – This should be the summer when biking and outdoor trail enthusiasts begin to see some real development on that 30 plus mile project linking Steamboat Rock and Marshalltown with a recreational trail. The trail will take the route of the once Iowa River Railroad through both Hardin and Marshall Counties. What is envisioned is eventually a paved concrete surface about ten feet wide the entire route and a siding of about another ten feet of crushed rock that should also be traversable. For about three years the organizers have been working hard, but the work has been at the planning and financing tables. Now, this summer the actual work should begin and by the end of the summer the first mile stretch out of Steamboat Rock should be paved, a longer section of the line should be rocked and usable in its rough state, and a similar start will be made in Marshalltown. One of the first projects this summer will be a general cleanup of the route in Hardin County this spring, hoping to team up with students in the schools who are out on their annual service learning day. May 3 it is tentatively set. But the early May activity will just be the start this summer. Organizers and supporters of the trail development say they will be working up and down the line to identify stands of native and protected prairie, to save them from spraying which will be done to manage the rail bed while it awaits further work. The bike trail of course was never meant to be a manicured feature, but instead to show off the best of this areas natural growth. The plan for the summer is to do a mile of paving on the old railway bridge just south of the river bridge on Steamboat Rocks west side. Bridges are a big part of the early stages of the project in fact. There are seven bridges along the portion of the route through Hardin County. The first order of business is to make them all safe, to set up guard rails, and then to do the paving on those portions of the trail. While the full length of paving will be accomplished as grant funds allow, the organizers fully expect that by the end of next summer (of 2018) the trail
should be built in its rough state from Steamboat to Union. That means crushed rock surface that will be usable. In terms of funds, the supporters of the trail project recently got word of a big boost to their project in the form of a $247,000 grant froma federal agency supporting the conversion of old abandoned railroads to other transportation uses. In this case, recreational. The local project will be coming up with a $75,000 match and meanwhile Hardin County and Marshall County supporters of the effort are continuing the search for funds. This summer is phase one of phase one, and will see about a mile of paving from the railway bridge in Steamboat.
March 14, 2017 -
Iowa River Trail Bridge Rehabilitation Effort In Hardin County Receives Federal Funds
The Iowa Transportation Commission approved $1,332,829 in total funding for several federal Recreational Trails Program projects. The federal Recreational Trails Program was created in 1991 for the purpose of developing and maintaining recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorzied trail users.
One of the projects to receive funding will be the Iowa River Trail Bridge Rehabilitation effort over part of Hardin County for $247,000.This funding is available to cities, counties, state and federal agencies, and private organizations through an annual application-based program.
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