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Delray group receives grant for Lake Ida Parcel

Delray’s Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC) received a $35,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

These funds will support the restoration of the undeveloped 4.8 acre Lake Ida Parcel. In order to keep the site a healthy, passive green space, IRC is working with the city to restore the site through a series of volunteer days to remove invasive plant species, add a variety of native plants to support native wildlife, and pick up trash/debris.

A volunteer day is scheduled for March 31. If you would like participate, contact Cara Abbott at admin@regionalconservation.org or 305-247-6547. Interested volunteers should be aware that they will be taken to the site via boat and will need to wear long pants and close-toed shoes as safety precautions.

City recognized for complete street initiative

The city of Delray Beach was recognized by the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency for its efforts in implementing complete streets in the city.

Executive Director of the agency Nick Uhren presented the Community Champion for Complete Streets award to the city commission during a recent commission meeting.

Complete streets mean making roadways safe for all users including drivers, walkers and bicyclists.

Uhren said the city stood out for its efforts with narrowing Federal Highway, adopting a complete streets policy and applying for grants.

He said the city has $40 million of discretionary grant money headed its way from the TPA.