In the event of approval of a U.S. Natural Park Service grant, Big HollowArea located in County, Iowa will expand by 50% over the coming years, according to a report.
TheCounty Board of Supervisors submitted a grant request last week to the $300,000 of Big Hollow, including adding and improving .
The Land and Water Conservation, funded through the , seeks to support “close-to-home” at the local and state levels. Local-level grants that require a 50% match are managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The conservation department has asked for around $150,000.
Big Hollow is the county’s largestarea and provides modern amenities in addition to rustic tent and cabin . One of the main goals of the grant is the addition of 18 sites, expanding the park’s capacity to 50 .
The additionalcould bring $27,000 for conservation, provided they are filled with weekend visitors throughout the season that runs from April to October.
County Conservation Director Chris Lee shared that the park’s occupancy rate for the entire season is around 60%, which implies that the have the possibility of earning $57,000 annually.
This story originally appeared on The Hawk Eye.