This fall, Linn County Trails Association is kicking off a campaign to raise money for specific trail projects we feel can be fast-tracked in the next 12 months. This year’s Capital Campaign will raise funds to accelerate the development of two trails: The Lindale Trail and the Hwy. 100 Trail.
“We Make Trails Happen!”
Will you help us meet our $175k goal?
HWY. 100 TRAIL, PHASE A — $100,000
The Hwy. 100 Trail will act as a major connector in an ambitious trail loop through Linn County, connecting Northeast Cedar Rapids to Northwest Cedar Rapids, Covington, and Morgan Creek Park. From there, the fully-funded Cherokee Trail will connect Morgan Creek Park to downtown Cedar Rapids.
Phase A of this project runs from 42nd Street NE in Cedar Rapids, next to Xavier High School, and on to the edge of the Cedar River. It provides trail access to wildly scenic state and county nature preserves.
By providing Linn County $100,000 for this project, LCTA can green light the county’s efforts and get work on this project started as quickly as possible. This project will also unlock the county’s efforts to restore a former rail bridge over the Cedar River.
LINDALE TRAIL EXTENSION, PHASE 2 — $75,000
The Lindale Trail Extension will connect the Cedar Valley Nature Trail in Cedar Rapids to the Grant Wood Trail in Marion. Beginning at the current west terminus of the Lindale Trail at C Avenue NE and ending at the Cedar River Trail at Center Point Road NE, funding will accelerate this project and ensure a complete, separated-trail connection is made between the two larger trails systems. Currently, there are no east-west connection trails in Cedar Rapids.
Phase 1 of this project, completely funded, brings the Lindale trail west from C Avenue NE, ending at Council Street.
Phase 2 of this project, which LCTA seeks donations to provide funding for, will make that last essential connection, from Council Street to the Cedar River Trail at Center Point Road.By providing the City of Cedar Rapids $75,000 for this project, LCTA can accelerate the development of this trail by approximately one full year, anticipating construction in 2019. It will also allow considerations for the design work of this trail to include the possibility of working along an existing rail corridor, completing the most-direct, separated-trail connection possible.
Why seek private funding?
It’s no question that trails are a great asset across numerous demographics. Bicyclists, runners, walkers, skateboarders — and many more users — make the most of our regional trails network for commuting, exercise, and recreation.
LCTA works closely with local jurisdictions (cities in Linn County and government organizations like the Corridor MPO and the Linn County Conservation Board) to plan, prioritize, and fund the construction of new and improvement of existing trails.
We’re a 100% volunteer-based, non-profit organization, so a substantial amount of financial contributions to LCTA go directly toward trail development. And those funds have truly catalyzed the development and growth of our trails system.
Donations can give no-go projects the green light, and speed up trail completion — sometimes by years. LCTA strategically prioritizes trails by providing government organizations required funding toward completing a safe, well-connected trails network.
As city and county budgets tighten, your donations have become even more critical. A donation to LCTA can become the important, required public match funds (for federal- and state-supported projects) and help accelerate a variety of other trails initiatives.
The progress being made with our trail system would not be possible without the kindness of people like you, donating to LCTA and trails. Your monetary support ensures these — and future — projects are successful, and completed soon.
With combined support from citizens like you and local businesses, LCTA can continue to focus energy on building trails throughout Linn County. Large or small, any donation makes a difference in going the extra mile for the people of Linn County.
We extend a huge, “THANK YOU!” to those who have provided support in the past, present, and future.