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Enterprise receives grant for wetlands
City receives $78,385 grant for wetlands projects
Kim Lewis
Ledger Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 12, 2005

State Sen. Jimmy Holley and state Representative Terry Spicer announced Monday that Mayor Kenneth Boswell will be receiving a $78,385 check awarded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

The money is earmarked for the construction of a suspended wood-framed boardwalk, which will access and observe the wetland area in the upper area of the lake at the Enterprise Recreational Complex.

"I would like to thank Mayor Boswell, the city council and the employees of the recreational department for all they do to enhance the recreational opportunities for the citizens of this area," Spicer said. "This project will enhance the complex and provide residents of not only Enterprise but surrounding areas with an improved recreational facility."

Holley praised the efforts of Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Director John Harrison and his staff in obtaining and releasing the grant to the city.

"The new boardwalk will be a welcome addition to the complex," he said.

Plans are for the elevated walking trail to be constructed with water-resistant wood and will extend 550 feet out in the lake. It will enable visitors to view plant and animal life in their natural habitat. The trail will also have four areas with covered seating and a 960 square foot observation deck.

Gov. Bob Riley awarded the grant from funds made available to the state from the Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program.