PARK GRANT: Improving The Water Quality | Environment
At a meeting this week, the Des Moines City Council accepted a $300,000 grant from the DNR’s Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP).
The pond in Greenwood Park is one of the city’s most popular destinations yet according to Parks and Recreations, one of the most environmentally unstable facilities.
The $300,000 REAP grant “is the first step in a long journey towards repairing the watershed around the pond.”
Planning and design of the improvements on the 120-year old park may start later this spring and be completed by early 2014.
“Greenwood Park is one of our most popular and beloved facilities,” said Benjamin R. Page, Director, Park and Recreation. “Improving the water quality in our city is a major focus and our team has been working closely with our elected officials and the City Manager’s office on this project. This grant will help us take the first of many steps towards making Greenwood a better place.”
This project to in-part clear decades of sediment run-off, received the second highest REAP grant score among the ten applications received from Iowa cities with populations over 25,000.