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Martin's Access Dedication Ceremony Planned

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cherokee Conservation Director Ginger Walker has been looking forward to the dedication of the new area at Martin's Access.
Everyone is welcome to join the Cherokee County Conservation Board at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, on the new portion of Martin's Access Park in rural Larrabee, for a brief ceremony to celebrate the addition of nearly 80 acres to the park.

Donors and partners who contributed to the successful effort to purchase this property will be honored for their generous efforts. Current plans for development of new recreational facilities will be displayed with a venue for suggestions, comments and new ideas.

Over 90 financial contributions and grants arrived in the hands of Conservation Board staff from December 2007 to the present, representing over $163,000. An additional $50,000 in state Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) funding, allocated to the county in annual installments, covered the remaining cost of acquiring the property.

The funds were used as they arrived to pay down the balance on the 78-acre purchase, until finally the property was deeded to the county in July 2008.

With the momentum of this community support and commitment behind them, CCCB staff is moving forward with development of a new outdoor recreation area on about eight acres of the new parcel.

This area will include modern camping, rental cabins, parking for horse trailers, children's play areas, wildlife viewing opportunities and more. Contributions and grants are still sought to continue the progress toward a new, quality rural recreation area for residents and visitors.

Two miles of trail, boundary fence, 17 acres of native prairie plantings, and a base for the campground road have been completed on the new property. Vehicle access will be limited until grasses and roads are established, although parking at the entrance is permitted. The area will be open for hunting during youth and disabled hunter deer season, Sept. 20 through Oct. 5, and from Oct.1 through April 30 for other Iowa hunting seasons.

Guests at the Sept. 20 Dedication Ceremony will have the opportunity to tour the property, to help thank the donors and recognize the fundraising efforts and memorials dedicated to the project, and to share ideas and park memories over light refreshments. The CCCB will also kick off a year of celebration honoring the 50th Anniversary year for the department.

This event is expected to last about an hour. For more information, or to join the event as a speaker or other participant, please contact Conservation Board Director Ginger Walker at 712-225-6709 or cherokeeccb@evertek.net.

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