The Ankeny City Council approved an agreement Monday to partner with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Polk County to extend the High Trestle Trail. The agreement, approved on a 3-2 vote, includes the acquisition of an abandoned railroad right of way south of West First Street in Ankeny to a point just south of Interstate 80 in Polk County, at a cost of $3,065,000, the city said in a release. Funding for the acquisition includes an application for a $750,000 Iowa Recreation Trails grant and a commitment of $600,000 in matching funds from the city of Ankeny. The extension will position Ankeny as a regional trail hub, said council member Wade Steenhoek, who voted for the project. A council member who voted against the project, Jim McKenna, expressed concern about the timing of the project given other major funding needs within the city's capital improvements budget. The 25-mile trail currently extends from Ankeny to Woodward.