The Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program. This is the 13th REAP grant Iowa City Parks and Recreation has recently received. 

REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. REAP funds are distributed into eight different programs: roadside vegetation, historical resources, state land management, city parks and open space, soil and water enhancement, county conservation, and state open space.

The grant funds will be used for invasive species removal, trail work, interpretive panels and site amenities, native tree plantings, and native seeding at Ryerson's Woods State Preserve. These improvements will benefit the local, regional and statewide park visitors by enhancing and preserving the character of the park while maintaining its welcoming environment. The project will follow recommendations of the 2014 Management Plan for Ryerson's Woods State Preserve, the 2017 City of Iowa City Natural Areas Inventory and Management Plan, and the 2017 Iowa City Park Master Plan.

In its 32 years, REAP has benefited every county in Iowa. Collectively, these projects have improved the quality of life for all Iowans with improved 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.

REAP has made an enormous impact on the Iowa City area over the past 32 years with more than $1,977,900 being awarded to projects. The most recent REAP grant award was used for ecological restoration and enhancement of the 17 acres of Whispering Meadows Wetland Park. More information about REAP grant projects can be found online.

Learn more about Ryerson's Woods State Preserve and what makes it such a unique natural area at our website.

Date of publication

Tuesday, November 23, 2021