Overland Park considers using federal pandemic relief funds for environmental projects, like bike trails and tree planting

Two citizen-led advisory groups have proposed using about $1 million in funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to go towards environmental projects, including expanding the budget for the 91st Street bike trail and planting more trees in the city. File image.

Environmental projects like tree planting, bike and sidewalk infrastructure may become a part of spending on an upcoming batch of federal COVID-19 relief money coming to Overland Park.

Members of the City Council’s Community Development Committee said Wednesday they’d be open to an idea of putting some of an upcoming $9 million disbursement of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act into such projects, as long as they meet the federal government’s rules for how the money is spent.