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West Iowa Park to Get $200,000 Upgrade

July 17, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

Comprehensive improvements are planned at Botna Bend Park in Hancock, Iowa, with a little help from an Iowa West Foundation grant.

The non-profit foundation granted the park $200,000 for the project, The Daily Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, reported.

“This is going to add to existing recreation and outdoor activities and improve access to the park,” said Mark Shoemaker, executive director of Pottawattamie County Conservation.

Shoemaker said plans at Botna Bend include the improvement of both roads and campgrounds, the addition of a bathroom and work on the park’s water access on the West Nishnabotna River.

The park will also create more trails, including an off-road biking and hiking trail, and install a “naturescape” natural playground, which features natural elements “as something for children to play on,” Shoemaker said.

Additional funds for the Botna Bend project are expected from the state’s River Enhancement Community Attraction and Tourism program, Shoemaker said. He hopes to begin improvements, “as soon as possible on some of the items.”

It’s unclear when the improvements will be completed.

“The foundation’s vision is to create communities where families choose to live and businesses choose to locate,” said Iowa West President and CEO Pete Tulipana in a release. “We believe these grants will help do that.”

The money comes on the heels of other Iowa West grants for cabin and restrooms at Arrowhead Park in Neola, Pottawattamie County Conservation land acquisitions, campground improvements at Hitchcock Nature Center and playground improvements at many parks.

“Iowa West has really supported us a lot in the past,” Shoemaker said. “This (current grant) is another opportunity they’re giving us to make the park better for users.”

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