Iowa City Parks and Recreation has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program to continue to improve the natural areas in Hickory Hill Park. These funds will support improvements such as streambank restoration, prairie burns, and woodland invasive species removal, which will take place in 2018.
REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. Fifteen percent of REAP funds are set aside for grants to cities for projects that help establish natural areas, encourage outdoor recreation and resource management.
“We appreciate the continued support of the state REAP grant funding to help with the ecological restoration of Hickory Hill Park,” Parks and Recreation Director Juli Seydell Johnson said. “This park is a natural gem for our community, and these funds enable us to build on the continuous restoration efforts of ICPR staff and the Friends of Hickory Hill Park."
In its 28 years, REAP has benefited every county in Iowa by supporting over 15,000 projects with $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; enhanced knowledge and understanding of our ecological and environmental assets, and preservation of our cultural and historic treasures. Johnson County alone has benefited from these funds to the tune of almost $9 million.
For more information about the planned improvements for Hickory Hill Park, contact Juli Seydell Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.