The City of Cherokee has received a $78,000 grant from the Transportation Enhancement Project to be used for the construction of the trails planned for the Gillette Park Development. The grant is an 80 percent match of $97,500 of the construction cost of the trails.
The Transportation Enhancement Project grant enhancements program was established and funded at the federal level with transportation dollars. The State of Iowa receives about 12 million federal transportation dollars each year to award to enhancement projects. Eligible projects include pedestrian and bicycle facilities, acquisition of scenic or historic easements and sites, historic preservation, landscaping and scenic beautification, mitigation for highway runoff and the provision of wildlife crossings.
The grant is for the trails located in Gillette Park to the west of the aquatic center. The construction of the trails that are funded by this grant needs to follow a separate administrative approval process under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Transportation. While additional administrative costs are anticipated, it is expected at this time that (after allowing for the additional administrative and design expense) about $68,000 in funding would be available for the trails of Gillette Park.
The grant award brings the total funds committed for the Gillette Park Development/Family Aquatic Center project to nearly $3.2 million, with $407,800 of the original estimated cost yet to raise.