- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

MARION, Iowa (AP) - Linn County officials will spend $7.2 million to buy 485 acres of land and expand a park.

KCRG-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2gPN5le ) the Linn County Board of Supervisors on Monday announced the purchase of the land, which will expand the nearly 700 acre Squaw Creek Park, near Marion.

The county will finance the purchase with money from a local options sales tax designated for conservation projects. The county also will tap money from bonds, budget reserves and the future sale of other land.

Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson says the purchase will protect part of the Squaw Creek stream corridor and greenway and allow for expansion of trails used by mountain bikers, hikers and horse riders.

The city of Marion plans to create wetlands in five to 10 acres of the park.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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