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Salem Grant Moves Closer to Approval for New Bryan Park Walking Trail

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Salem Mayor John Raymer says the city has passed another hurdle towards receiving a $92,000 Illinois Department of Natural Resources Grant to create a walking trail through the Bryan Memorial Park area.  Raymer hopes they can be funded next year.  

"Track with the state, there's probably a four-step process and we have step-two here.  Step-two means that they've approved us for funding.  They actually haven't awarded us the grant yet, but we've saw this as a positive step that they've read our grant and that they've taken action on it and we're pleased that they've picked us", said Raymer.  

Raymer explained the proposed location of the trail.  "The trail is on the west side of Bryan Park between the creek and College Street on the north side.  That was an area where they visited us that they said that this is a perfect place for a trail, and with the new hospital expansion, we would like to hook that into our nature trail and give us about four-miles of trails for people to recreate and walk on", said Raymer.  

Raymer says the city already has $17,000 of the $22,000 in matching funds.  They will come from a $15,000 Union Pacific Foundation Grant and $2,000 from the Salem Elks.  

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