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TOWER CITY â€“ Tower Cityâ€™s park continues to benefit from grants that help the public facility to keep growing.
Scott Tichy, a member of the Tower City Park Board, said Thursday two years ago the park received a 50/50 matching state recreational facility grant that allowed the park board to put in a new playground.
About two weeks ago, the park board finished putting in a 1,200 foot walking path around the park it built with a 2011 national recreational trails grant.
Tichy said the total cost for the project was about $47,000 â€“ with a small matching amount required for the grant, Tower Cityâ€™s cost share was only about $9,000. â€śThatâ€™s a good deal.â€ť
Along with that grant, Tichy said â€śwe just got a small NDSU grant to put in trees for an arboretum.â€ť With that grant, Tichy said 10 different species of trees will be planted in the park.
Members of a Barnes County 4-H Club, the Better Livestock 4-H Club, have agreed to help put in the trees as a community service project, Tichy said.
Most of the club members are from the Tower City area, â€śbut some are from other areas too,â€ť including Valley City.
Two of Tichyâ€™s daughters â€“ Megan and Emma Tichy â€“ are members of the 4-H club.
â€śIt is a service project for them. Our kids and the rest of the club are super excited about it,â€ť Tichy said.
Tichy said the major improvements to the Tower City Park are important to a city the size of Tower City. â€śThe town itself is excited about all the stuff coming into the park â€“ a little town of 250.â€ť