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Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant Awarded to City of River Falls

Knowles-Nelson funds will be used to create a new two-mile recreation trail in the City of River Falls.

The Pierce County Journal reports that the City of River Falls received a $306,000 grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program for construction of a two-mile multi-use recreation trail within the Mann Valley Corporate Park. The grant will cover about one-third of the project’s total cost.

Originally slated to receive $191,760 from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) offered an increased award when additional funds became available.

Shannon Zimmerman, member of the JFC, said “Mann Valley Corporate Park is a symbol of [River Falls’] progress. I was happy to advocate for River Falls to secure funding from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant to enhance the experience in the park.”

The Mann Valley Corporate Park, located on the western edge of River Falls, includes roughly 208 acres for development, of which 63 acres will be set aside for a nature conservancy. The planned nature trail will run north to south across the corporate park and will be an essential link between existing park space, planned multi-family housing, new corporate park tenants, and future trail connections on the north end of the city.

Featured image by Dave Burke, 2018.

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