Recreation trail receives funding boost

Funding for a proposed recreation trail between Three Rivers and Fabius Township has received a $10,000 boost from the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners.

The amount was requested during Tuesday’s county commission meeting by River Country Recreational Authority member Lindsay Oswald.

Oswald, who also serves as the county’s grant writer, said a significant amount of money in matching funds is at stake if the authority can raise $175,000 by the end of the year.

She said about $110,000 has been secured to date.

The Three Rivers Area Community Foundation recently made a $50,000 donation and has agreed to contribute an additional $50,000 if the recreational authority is able to match that figure.

As an additional source of grant money, Oswald said the J.A. Woollam Foundation is proposing $175,000 in matching funds if the authority can equal the $175,000 offer.

The city of Three Rivers has committed $10,000 in funding.

The project reached a road block, however, in Fabius Township, where the majority of its board members last week voted to not support funding the project.

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