The City of Coralville has been awarded a grant of $125,000 from Resource Enhancement and Protection, commonly referred to as REAP. The money will be used to purchase park land acres in the west land use area with the eventual goal of a new 100 acre park to open in approximately 2022.
REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect the Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. Of REAP funds, 15% is set aside for grants to cities; 20% is set aside for county conservation boards for projects that help establish natural areas, and encourage outdoor recreation and resource management.
This REAP award will benefit the community by setting aside open space acreage for park development as the west land use area develops in Coralville. The park area will have recreational amenities including both paved and natural surface trails, as well as picnic areas, wetland exploration areas, and a nature center. Park land also serves to reduce carbon emissions and to filter stormwater runoff.
In its 30 years, REAP has benefited every county in Iowa by supporting over 16,000 projects. REAP has funded these projects with nearly $300 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, and enhanced knowledge and understanding of our ecological and environmental assets, and preservation of our cultural and historic treasures.
REAP has benefited Coralville greatly over 30 years, with 14 REAP grant awards totaling $1,701,250.