Tonight the Coon Rapids City Council made a decision that will provide a positive impact to the Coon Rapids and area economy for decades to come. The council voted to accept the $365,000 DOT grant to begin engineering and acquiring land for the 17-mile Herndon to CR trail. This is the grant previously rejected by the Guthrie County Supervisors. Coon Rapids sponsorship will allow planning and acquisition work to keep moving forward.
The grant includes funds for engineering the route and then negotiating with the BNSF Railroad and land owners to acquire the corridor. Negotiations will be led by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. No land will be acquired and turned over to the city unless the entire corridor can be secured.
This is a early, yet very important step for Creating Great Places, a Coon Rapids non-profit that has been spearheading the trail project. Our city council members are to be commended for recognizing the potential benefits of the trail and voting to accept the grant and initially own the trail corridor.