(HANCOCK) Work is set to begin at Botna Bend Park in Hancock this summer.
Planned enhancements include hard surfaced roads, additional parking, upgraded RV camping facilities, new waterless toilets, a modern restroom, open shelter renovation, water trail access improvements, wetland development, and a multi-use recreational river trail. New utilities will include wireless internet access at the main campground and lodge, a waterline to the south campground, and a modern flush restroom at the north campground and shelter. New trails will wind through the woodland areas on the east side of the park, adjacent to the Nishnabotna River. Other environmental education kiosks and learning opportunities will be provided for the bison and elk areas, a wetland area, and the prairie restoration area.
The park improvements will be funded using a combination of grants, donations, and PCCB funds and include support from the following organizations: The Iowa West Foundation, Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation, Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP), River Enhancement Community Attraction and Tourism (RECAT), Dana and Diane Eggers, The Schildberg Foundation, Golden Hills Resource and Development (GHRC&D). Farmers Mutual Cooperative Telephone (FMCTC), The City of Hancock, and the Pottawattamie Board of Supervisors.
Work on these improvements will hopefully be completed in time for the park’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2014.