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Washington receives $100K grant for Wellness Park

The City of Washington has received $100,000 for its Wellness Park trail connection to the Kewash Nature Trail as part of a Community Health (MATCH) Grant from the Wellmark Foundation.

The Wellmark Foundation has notified 17 Iowa organizations they will receive Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grants up to $100,000, contingent upon securing the matching funds. To ensure community support for these projects, organizations are challenged to match the award amount dollar-for-dollar. Organizations have until Aug. 23 to secure their matching funds. Each of these grant recipients submitted projects that can help individuals, families and communities achieve better health through built environment initiatives that encourage physical activity.

“Through their applications, each of these organizations demonstrated they had broad community support for their projects,” said Becky Wampler Bland, The Wellmark Foundation executive director. “Because of the support, they are well on their way to obtaining the funds they need to reach their required match for the grant. Each of these projects will be a game changer in their communities as they provide more options for physical activity which will enhance the quality of life and overall well-being of their citizens.”

The organizations selected to receive the grant have demonstrated their grants are sustainable and will help to improve the well-being of the communities they serve well into the future.

Washington received $100,000 for the Wellness Park trail connection to the Kewash Nature Trail. As part of the development of an 80-acre regional park, the City of Washington is beginning work on Phase One which includes a sports complex with four ball fields and two multiuse fields. The goal is to have phase one complete by the spring of 2020 to welcome athletes of all abilities to the newly completed fields. The complex is located just 2,900 feet north of the 14-mile Kewash Nature Trail. Phase One work also will include a spur from the Kewash Nature Trail to the new complex. The trail spur also will link the future YMCA building to the Kewash Nature Trail and complex.