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Landowner contracts secured to extend Harmony-Preston Valley bike trail to Iowa

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Harmony The Great Outdoors

The City of Harmony is pleased to announce they have secured purchase option contracts from the necessary landowners to extend the Harmony-Preston Valley bike trail from Harmony to Niagara Cave and the Iowa border once funding for the project is made available. The goal of extending the trail to Niagara Cave and the Iowa border was identified in 1989 when the Governor’s Design Team came to Harmony and suggested potential projects that would serve to strengthen the community.

This milestone is the culmination of many years of patient work by volunteers and city officials and falls on the heels of more than a dozen generous landowners supporting the initiative. Once constructed, visitors to Harmony will have easy trail access to the region’s premier natural feature, Niagara Cave. It is anticipated that Howard and Winneshiek Counties will eventually join their developing trail system to this new terminus. When this happens, the region will boast a 120-mile trail corridor spanning both the scenic Root River and Upper Iowa River watersheds and improving the region as a destination for recreationalists.

Securing the necessary funding to purchase the land and construct the trail is the next step in development of the proposed extension. Representative Greg Davids and Senator Jeremy Miller are in support of this project and have introduced legislation to authorize funding for the trail this session through House file 2920 and Senate file 2727. The total project cost is an estimated 1.5 million dollars. State funding for the project through bonding will be critical for its timely completion. On March 29th members of the trail committee and Economic Development Authority testified before the Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy Committee. Hearings on the bills will next be held in front of the Capital Investment Committee.