The Freeport Cemetery Association (FCA) recently donated about a half acre of property to the Trails From Freeport (TFF) project. Standing on the property near the Freeport Park are, from left, Winneshiek County Supervisor Floyd Ashbacher, FCA Secretary/Treasurer Kevin Lee and TFF Board members Tom Hauber, Deb Olsgard, Heidi Rockweiler and Dale Putnam. (Decorah Newspapers photo by Sarah Strandberg)
The Freeport Cemetery Association (FCA) recently donated about a half acre of property to the Trails From Freeport (TFF) project. Standing on the property near the Freeport Park are, from left, Winneshiek County Supervisor Floyd Ashbacher, FCA Secretary/Treasurer Kevin Lee and TFF Board members Tom Hauber, Deb Olsgard, Heidi Rockweiler and Dale Putnam. (Decorah Newspapers photo by Sarah Strandberg)
The Freeport Cemetery Association has donated about a half acre of property to the Trails From Freeport (TFF) project.

It will allow the trail to extend from land Rockwell Collins recently donated to the trail at the Freeport Industrial Park into Freeport Park.

"This collaborative effort takes us one step closer to connecting Freeport to the Trout Run Trail. We're happy to save as many trees as possible that were planted by Trees Forever in 1994 at the Freeport Industrial Park," said TFF Board member Deb Olsgard.

"Freeport Cemetery Association (FCA) feels that this would be a meaningful transaction to strengthen alliances within the community and help utilize the park as well as make a safe trail," said Kevin Lee, FCA secretary/treasurer.

Winneshiek County recently was awarded a $1,651,475 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for its $2.2 million "Northeast Iowa's Livable Rural Community Project."

The grant will pay to extend an asphalt trail from the village of Freeport to the Trout Run Trail near Walmart, and north of Freeport to the Haugen Hummel subdivision for a total of 2.52 miles. The grant also will pay for the reconstruction of 2.5 miles of River Road from Moellers Drive to Drake Hill Road. The trail and roadwork will start next summer and be completed next fall.

Last week, officials learned the trail project has been awarded a $100,000 REAP grant, although the award doesn't become official until it's approved by the Natural Resource Commission Thursday, Oct. 10.

"How lucky this community is to have a combined effort with the city, county and residents where everyone works together not only to make the community stronger but to open new possibilities for enhancing it, which is absolutely remarkable," said TFF Board member Heidi Rockweiler.

TFF has raised more than $135,000 to provide matching funds for the grants and has two more fundraisers planned for this year.

Sunday, Oct. 6, Decorah's Bright Spot Car Wash owners Mark and Teresa Spilde are donating their time and proceeds from their car wash that day to the trail project. TFF volunteers also will be working at the car wash Oct. 6.

The annual Rubaiyat fundraiser is Monday, Dec. 2. The Decorah restaurant will host a wine tasting, and silent and live auction. Anyone interested in contributing to the auctions should contact Rockweiler at 382-9000, or Rubaiyat owner and TFF Board member Andy Bonnet at 382-9463.

Donations to the trail project can be sent to: Northeast Iowa RC&D, in care of Trails from Freeport, PO Box 125, Decorah, IA 52101.