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Glenwood recently received $50,000 toward a pair of recreation projects in the city.

The Wellmark Foundation announced it will give $25,000 to the city for its trail and trailhead project and $25,000 for its Vine Street pickleball court.

The grants were part of 17 awards given to 17 Iowa organizations through the foundation’s Matching Assets to Community Health grants. Applicants were able to request up to $25,000 in grant funding, according to a release.

“To ensure community support for the grant projects, recipients were challenged to match this grant at 50 percent,” the release said. “Each of the grant recipients submitted projects that will help individuals, families and communities achieve better health through built environment initiatives that encourage physical activity and/or access to and consumption of nutritious foods.”

The trails project project will connect Glenwood to Council Bluffs and Bellevue, Nebraska, and will create nearly 2.5 miles of paved trails with six bridges that will improve access to parks, youth athletic facilities, the aquatic center and several area schools, the release said. The trailhead will include a safe parking area for residents to engage in school and park activities.

On the pickleball courts, Glenwood and the Southwest Iowa Pickleball Committee are working to create six pickleball courts. The project will replace the city’s dilapidated 50-year-old tennis courts with well-designed, low-maintenance pickleball courts, the release said.

The new courts will provide the first opportunity for outdoor pickleball play in southwest Iowa.

“The Wellmark Foundation is proud to support organizations that have identified sustainable initiatives that provide opportunities for citizens to improve their overall well-being,” said Becky Wampler Bland, Wellmark Foundation executive director. “The longevity of these projects will continue to pay dividends years after the initial investment.”

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