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The Iowa Transportation Commission announced the approval of nearly $3 million in funds for eight State Recreational Trails Program projects. Among those selected was the West Union to Echo Valley State Park “Gateway to Recreation” trail, as the state grant of $581,350 marks the last award needed to begin work on the project, according to West Union City Administrator Amie Johansen.

“This is the final financial piece,” she explained.

The money from the Transportation Commission comes after major previous grants from both Wellmark in 2020 ($100,000) and the Iowa Great Places and Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program ($75,000).

Preparation for the trail’s creation has come in increments, which have included the city’s purchase of what used to be the West Union Golf Course.


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