BOONE, Iowa—For the past several months, a number of board and commissions have had people participating in a discussion about the future of recreational trails in Boone County. The success of the High Trestle Trail has certainly pushed the effort along. The Boone City Council has been kept up to date by Council Member Greg Piklapp. Piklapp recently present to the Boone Parks Commission an update on the discussions and a request for the Commission to make available some funding to help with a proposed trails study. The Park Commission did commit to using up to $5,000 of the money they had been saving to purchase play equipment for the city parks. This week, the Convention and Visitors Bureau redirected $1,000 for use on a study. Chamber Executive Director Kurt Phillips also met with the Boone County Supervisors and brought them up to date on the progress and also requested financial participation as well. Phillips also said other contacts would be made to help fund a study. He told the Supervisors that six months of talking has shown there’s an interest. Now it’s time to find out what might be possible. So far only the financial commitment to a study is being sought. Getting a study done will take some time. Phillips noted that a study is needed to help pursue grants, needed to make a trail project a reality. This week the Iowa DOT did announce the distribution of over $3 million for a number of trail projects around the state.