New partnership improves Iowa state parks

posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Grant Wood Mississippi River Region will be the location of the first strategic Iowa parks pilot project. Three counties; Dubuque, Jackson and Jones are home to four state parks in northeast Iowa and will be the first pilot area for a public-private partnership expected to receive at least $6 million in funding. The Grant Wood Mississippi River Region plans to better connect Iowans with outdoor recreational opportunities by expanding infrastructure; creating connections; and improving the structural, economic and community connections for the region’s four state parks and scenic byways.

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David Heiar Director of the Jackson County Economic Alliance, and a point person for the region, is ready for the project to begin. “Our partners in the Grant Wood Mississippi River Region are very excited about this opportunity to serve as a pilot region. We are anxious to begin the planning process, and of course even more enthusiastic about implementing the vision that is created. As a pilot project, we know other regions will be looking to us to set the standards and benchmarks for future projects throughout the state.”

Monday’s announcement at a news conference on the west steps of the state Capitol coincided with the arrival of a long-term and sustainable strategy developed by a special panel charged with formulating a 100-year vision for Iowa’s state parks system, said Robert Riley, a member of the Green Ribbon Commission, a private board of the Iowa Parks Foundation.

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