The Wellmark Foundation has announced its commitment to invest $25,000 to support the City of Maquoketa’s Maquoketa River Bike and Pedestrian Bridge project, as part of the joint Iowa Park Foundation and State of Iowa’s Parks to People pilot region, the Grant Wood Mississippi River Region. The region is comprised of Jackson, Jones, and Dubuque Counties.
The Parks to People pilot project is a State initiative to create a regional arts, cultural and recreational destination that utilizes the State of Iowa’s investment of $1.9 million to leverage private investment. Over the last year the Jackson, Jones, and Dubuque County stakeholders have worked to develop a two-year plan to enhance, promote and sustain the regions assets. This plan, approved in December 2015 by the Iowa Parks Foundation, outlines up to $17 million of enhancements for the region’s parks, recreation and natural spaces. Only the projects that can leverage private dollars will move forward.
The Wellmark Foundation’s award of $25,000 is directed to the engineering of the Bike and Pedestrian Bridge that will cross the Maquoketa River north of the city. This is the first phase of the trail system that will connect the new Prairie Creek County Park, downtown Maquoketa through Main Street, and extend to the Hurstville Interpretive Center.