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Federal Grant for Princeton Recreation Trail

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Federal money will help build a recreation trail in Princeton, Iowa. The city and Princeton Recreation Trails have been working on plans to build a shared-use path along Highway 67 as part of the Mississippi River Trail.

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Tara Flesch, Treasurer and Race Director with dog Riley; Christina McDonough, President and City Council Member; Kim Hildrebrand, Vice President; Kathy Wine, Member and from River Action; Ethan Bettis, Secretary.

Christina McDonough, a member of the city council and President of Princeton Recreation Trails, says the community has helped with the entire planning process. In 2019 and 2020 the city worked with Iowa State University to find out what local residents want.

"Throughout the entire surveying process resident and elementary school students expressed great interest in a separated riverfront trail as well as increased connectivity with other sidewalks and trails in town."

The federal grant of $187,000 will pay for engineering work and the next step is to look at the feasibility of the project.

"The goal is that you can start at a Davenport trail and go all the way through Clinton and stay safe on a separated trail."

McDonough says that the grant will not cover the total cost of the project so several fundraisers are being planned.