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Dubuque receives more funding for Eagle Point Park project

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The City of Dubuque received its second Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) grant of $200,000 this week for work to be done at Eagle Point Park.

Work to the park will mostly be out of sight for the typical park user, but will be vital to the long-term health of the park, according to Laura Carstens, planning services manager for the city.

"Implementation will improve sustainability by restoring and enhancing native plant communities and soil quality to provide new nature-based recreation opportunities for visitors, create habitat for wildlife, and foster sustainability," the city said in its grant application.

Basically that work will be getting rid of invasive species and making sure rain waters don't erode the park, which sits high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi.

This is the second REAP grant the city has received for the project, the other one coming back in 2015.  Carstens said they're also hoping for federal funding from the National Parks Service in the amount of $175,732.  In addition to the about $70,000 the city will kick in, the project could eclipse $600,000.

The city is currently waiting for the federal funding to be approved before they start work.

Carstens says they hope to start work this spring, and impact to park visitors would be minimal.

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