Gov. Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority announced $4.65 million in grant funding for the following three projects through Destination Iowa

Waterloo, IA – State officials have announced that the $100 million program reportedly invests in transformational attractions that will bolster the quality of life in Iowa communities, enhance tourism and attract new residents.  
Black Hawk County Conservation and Linn County Conservation were jointly awarded $3,500,000 to pave 16 miles of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.

According to the statement, this project would complete the original 52-mile trail, connecting the Waterloo/Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids metropolitan areas entirely by nature trail. 

The City of Maquoketa and Jackson County Conservation were awarded $750,000 for improvements to the Prairie Creek Recreation Area, including the installation of a whitewater paddling course on the Maquoketa River, a championship-caliber disc golf course and ADA-accessible hiking trails. 

The City of Colfax was awarded $400,000 for improvements to Quarry Springs Park, located off Interstate 80. Funding for the “Relax in Colfax” project will assist with the creation of a new 30-site RV campground, a modern shower house and bathrooms and an ADA-accessible dock. 

Funded projects must be completed by June 30, 2026. 

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