Iowa Destination Grant will help PlyWood Trail funding
LE MARS — The Le Mars City Council took action on the Destination Iowa Grant Agreement at its Sept. 6 meeting.
The City of Sioux City, along with the City of Sergeant Bluff and the City of Le Mars, applied for a Destination Iowa Outdoor Recreation Grant for the development of the Siouxland Regional Trail System.
The grant was approved in the amount of $7,000,000.
The city of Le Mars joined in the application for funding for the PlyWood Trail, which will run from the south edge of Le Mars through Merrill and Hinton and connect at Sioux City.
The PlyWood Trail will receive $653,000 for Phase I and Phase III will receive $4,365,200.
Phase I of the PlyWood Trail runs from Le Mars to Merrill.
Phase III of the PlyWood Trail runs from Sioux City to Hinton.
The Siouxland Regional Trail System will connect five trail projects totaling over 29.5 miles of trail. Once completed, the regional trail system will provide users with over 100 miles of trail on a continuous trail network.
Funded projects must be completed by Sept. 30, 2026.
City administration recommended the council approve the agreement as Sioux City and Sergeant Bluff have approved the agreement.
The agreement outlines how the project receives funds and how the money is paid out.
The complete project was described in the application as follows:
The Siouxland Regional Trail System project is the partnership of Sioux City, Le Mars, Hinton, Merrill, Sergeant Bluff, and Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, to with the development of five trail projects totaling over 25.9 miles of trail. This connection will provide users with over 100 miles of continuous trail. The five components of this project include:
• Cone Mountain Bike Park — With the nearest mountain bike park located in Bentonville, Arkansas, this project proposes nine miles of natural surface single track trails, and adaptive biking trails, along with, rock elements and pre-engineered features to create a regional trail and mountain bike destination.
• Floyd River Trail Connection — 0.9 miles of paved trail to connect the existing Riverfront and Floyd River Trails and feeding into the proposed PlyWood Trail.
• PlyWood Trail Connection — Long term plan calls for 18.5 miles of trail connecting Le Mars with Sioux City. This project includes two components: Sioux City to Hinton and Merrill to Le Mars. The Hinton to Merrill connection will be completed at a later time.
• Big Sioux River Pedestrian Bridge Connection- 0.2 pedestrian bridge over the Big Sioux River connecting Sioux City, Iowa and Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. Project include Iowa expenses only.
• Loess Hills Scenic Trail — 4.3 miles of trail connecting the Singing Hills Trail in Sioux City to Baker Park in Sergeant Bluff.
Council members unanimously approved accepting the Destination Iowa Outdoor Recreation Grant Agreement between the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the City of Sioux City, the City of Sergeant Bluff, and the City of Le Mars in the amount of $7,000,000.