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REAP Funds Awarded To City Campground Project

By Staff | Oct 20, 2015

The City of Emmetsburg received some great news Thursday morning when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Commission awarded $75,000 to the city for it’s Campground project. The award was one of 24 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) grants awarded on Thursday, totaling some $2.4 million.

“We were very excited to receive notification of being granted the $75,000 REAP award,”?noted Emmetsburg City Administrator John Bird. “This is the maximum grant amount awarded by the state.”

The REAP?City Parks and Open Spaces competitive grants are designed to help cities establish natural areas, encourage outdoor recreation and resource management. Cities competing for the grants were divided by population under 2,000, 2,000 to 25,000 and over 25,000.

The Emmetsburg Lakeside Park and Campground project was awarded $75,000 to be used for the development of a lakeside park and camping complex that will accent the natural resources lake access and recreational amenities offered by Five Island Lake.

“The city will use this $75,000 grant to offset development of the first phase of the Five Island Lake Campground project,”?Bird noted. “The first phase is comprised of design and development of campsites and possibly two rental cabins near the lake.”

Additional phases of the project will include a public dock, public beach, vehicle and trailer parking, playground, restroom/shower facilities, a convenience store and a recreational trail through the development.

“Our project was one of the few that were fully funded by the DNR and Natural Resources Commission,”?Bird noted. “When I went before the committee to make this initial application, I did advise them that we would be back in the future.”