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  • Sun October 27 2013
  • Posted Oct 27, 2013

REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. Fifteen percent of REAP is set aside for grants to cities for projects that help establish natural areas, encourage outdoor recreation and resource management.

The City of Mapleton is the recipient of a $75,000 REAP grant for the proposed 18 acre Carhart Conservation area, which is located 100 feet north of the “burn pile” in Mapleton, extending one mile north along the Maple River.

Rebuild and Recover Mapleton, the long-term recovery board from the 2011 tornado to strike the community, applied for this grant for the City of Mapleton, and it will be the first step in developing a walking and biking trail through a nature-blessed area of Mapleton.

It will be handicap-accessible and will improve health and encourage wellness for the citizens of Mapleton while also becoming an attraction for many visitors.

The grant money will be used for building the first phase of the proposed trail system in Mapleton. The trail system was proposed in previous planning processes involving the citizens of Mapleton.

After the tornado, the Rebuild and Recover Mapleton Board looked at a means of bringing healing to the community as it begins a long-term plan for recovery. This project was developed with assistance from Julia Badenhope, FASLA, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture. She has provided vast knowledge of recovery opportunities.

Through the Community Visioning Grant (Jeffery L Bruce Landscape Designers from Kansas City) and the involvement of Julia’s fifth-year Studio Design students, the Rebuild and Recover Mapleton Board is able to put plans in place for recreation (including safe walking trails), street improvement (including better lighting), green space planning, water run-off mitigation, and housing needs.

This fall, REAP is hosting local meetings across the state. Mapleton was represented in Correctionville on Oct. 15. The full schedule of the REAP Assemblies and more information about REAP can be found at www.ioawareap.com.


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