- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A nonprofit is giving Sioux City more than $1 million to help complete the riverfront trail system along Interstate 29.

The $1.25 million grant from Missouri River Historical Development will be formally presented at a ceremony at City Hall on Friday, the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1qien3F ) reported.

The city’s parks and recreation director, Matt Salvatore, said the gift will be used to help fund the estimated $2.9 million extension of the riverfront trail at Chris Larsen Park. The connection south toward Chautauqua Park could be finished by fall 2017.

“This is a game changer for Sioux City and all of Siouxland,” Salvatore said. “This contribution toward our trails will help connect the most high priority trail project for the city and support numerous trail connections.”

When the gaps are filled in, the trail will span roughly 10 miles and include two new bridges, Salvatore said.

“It’ll help support future connections to Sergeant Bluff and Le Mars,” he said.

Missouri River Historical Development is the state licensed nonprofit for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City. The grant will be the largest award the organization has handed out in its 22 years of distributing gambling revenues to governmental agencies or nonprofit organizations.

“Quality-of-life enhancements are key to economic and workforce development,” said Mark Monson, president of the nonprofit, in a statement. “Sioux City has the beginnings of a world-class trail system.”

The grant brings the nonprofit’s totally contributions to more than $26 million since 1994. Earlier this week, it gave $305,000 to The Siouxland Initiative, a regional economic development organization affiliated with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.


Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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