, 2022-09-27 18:02:52,
Two Lane County parks will benefit from federal recreation and tourism grants each totaling more than $1 million.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration this month awarded grants for projects in Eugene and Cottage Grove parks. The grants are part of the American Rescue Plan meant to boost tourism and improve recreational infrastructure.
Eugene’s Suzanne Arlie Park
The Eugene Parks and Open Space Division will receive $1.2 million for developing Suzanne Arlie Park’s ridgeline trail connection and mountain bike amenities, a news release said. Phase one construction is expected to begin in 2024.
The project will expand Eugene’s multi-use trails and create new dedicated mountain bike trails, as well as a mountain bike skills park, that will be part of larger countywide mountain biking opportunities.
“Eugene just completed its first dedicated mountain bike trail this year,” Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis said in the release. “This funding allows us to create a whole network of trails and a skills park — additions that will draw and delight mountain bikers from across the region after many years of expressing desire for such an area.”
The grant will be matched with 2018 Parks and Recreation bond funding.
Suzanne Arlie Park will be the largest park in Eugene’s system, consisting of 515 acres in southeast Eugene. The master plan for the park has been completed and includes a network of interconnected trails for nature-based recreation, disc golf, camping, a mountain bike skills park and habitat conservation and restoration efforts which are already underway.
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Cottage Grove’s Bohemia Park
The EDA also is providing nearly $1.1 million to the Bohemia Foundation and the city of Cottage Grove to support construction of an entry plaza at Cottage Grove’s Bohemia Park. The grant is matched by a $274,450 local investment.
“This EDA investment in Cottage Grove will help the region’s tourism sector not only recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic but build back stronger for the future,” U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. said in a news release.
Other federal funds dedicated to downtown Cottage Grove
In August, EDA also announced a $5 million grant funded by the American Rescue Plan for Cottage Grove to support revitalization of its historic commercial district.
The grant will revitalize five blocks of Main Street in Cottage Grove…
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