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Bettendorf Receives REAP Grant for Forest Grove Park

POSTED: October 13, 2017

The City of Bettendorf has been awarded a grant of $150,000 from Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP).  REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect the Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. 15% of REAP is set aside for grants to cities for projects that help establish natural areas, encourage outdoor recreation and resource management.

The grant money will be used for continuing restoration efforts of the natural areas at Forest Grove Park, 100-acre park site in northeast Bettendorf.  This is part of an ongoing project to enhance and restore the woodland and floodplain areas in this rapidly developing park. The first phase of the park was dedicated last fall. It is anticipated that at least some of the natural areas will be ready to be open for public access by the fall of 2018. These funds will compliment work being done by the City to help eliminate the many invasive species of plants, repair various areas of erosion, and enhance the wildlife habitat in this area. The park borders Forest Avenue to the south, I-80 to the north and is situated about ½ mile east of Middle Road in this rapidly developing section of Bettendorf.

In its 28 years, REAP has benefited every county in Iowa by supporting over 15,000 projects. REAP has funded these 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. Since 1991, Scott County has received over $5,000,000 in funds from the REAP program and the City of Bettendorf alone has received over $1,000,000 in REAP funds to assist with enhancing the City’s natural resources.

The City of Bettendorf takes great pride in providing great quality of life amenities for our citizens and this is another example of the diverse parks in Bettendorf that help make it a place people want to live in.