BOARD ACTION: Enhance Iowa Awards More Than $3.7 million in CAT Grants to 12 Communities

August 21, 2020

Jessica O’Riley, Iowa Economic Development Authority
515.348.6256
communications@iowaeda.com

Enhance Iowa Board Awards More Than $3.7 million in CAT Grants to 12 Communities

August 21, 2020 (DES MOINES, IA) – At today’s meeting, the Enhance Iowa Board awarded $3,761,877 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to projects in 12 Iowa communities.

The details for the projects receiving grants are as follows:

Project Name: Estherville Municipal Swimming Pool Project, Estherville
Total Project Cost: $5,101,400
Amount Awarded: $250,000
Project Description: This project includes the construction of a new 7,112-square-foot municipal swimming pool. Features of the new pool will include a zero depth entry, play and spray features, a water walk, a climbing wall, a one-meter diving tower, an enclosed flume water slide, six 25-meter swim lanes and shade structures.

Project Name: Holstein Aquatic Center, Holstein
Total Project Cost: $2,950,000
Amount Awarded: $300,000
Project Description: This project will include the construction of a new aquatic center featuring a 6,100-square-foot pool with zero-depth entry, four lap lanes, two diving towers, play features, a bathhouse with showers and restrooms, a concession stand and fabric shade structures.

Project Name: The Marion Public Library New Building Project, Marion
Total Project Cost: $18,000,000
Amount Awarded: $450,000
Project Description: This project includes the construction of a new 50,000 square foot building that will feature a reading terrace creating a biophilic concept of indoor/outdoor use. Interior features will include a demonstration kitchen with the purpose of serving meals to seniors and students as well as culinary arts programming and education.

Project Name: Chris Larsen Park Riverfront Development – Phase 1, Sioux City
Total Project Cost: $6,531,855
Amount Awarded: $400,000
Project Description: This project will include the construction of the Stockyard Gardens, a yoga lawn for outdoor exercising, outdoor fitness equipment, a small picnic shelter and passive lawn spaces. A pedestrian crossing at Virginia Street will connect the park to downtown Sioux City’s entertainment and cultural district.

Project Name: Tabor Library Association, Tabor
Total Project Cost: $1,225,801
Amount Awarded: $186,877
Project Description: This project will include the construction of a 7,000-square-foot facility with library spaces for adults, teens and children, community room spaces for programming and relaxation, a commercial kitchen, a maker-space, an outdoor learning area and ample parking.

Project Name: All Aboard! Capital Campaign, Boone
Total Project Cost: $882,030
Amount Awarded: $150,000
Project Description: This project will include the expansion of the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad depot, the refurbishment of a historic freight depot to be utilized as a climate-controlled storage facility for museum artifacts, upgrades to 11 miles of track and the restoration of the iconic Chinese steam locomotive and two diesel locomotives.

Project Name: Morgan Creek Park Development – Phase 1, Palo
Total Project Cost: $5,539,000
Amount Awarded: $350,000
Project Description: This project will include relocating the day entrance to Morgan Creek Park and adding a new playground, shelter, restrooms, road system, trails and connection to water and sewer.

Project Name: Madison County Conservation Center, Winterset
Total Project Cost: $4,938,091
Amount Awarded: $450,000
Project Description: This project will include the construction of a 12,400-square-foot facility with an events and seminar room, exhibit room, STEM classroom, board room/library and administrative offices. Exterior improvements will include an outdoor courtyard with paved access drives and parking lots.

Project Name: The Principal® Pavilion, Mason City
Total Project Cost: $2,064,620
Amount Awarded: $375,000
Project Description: This project will include the construction of a new performance venue to serve as a permanent home for the Mason City Municipal Band and provide indoor and outdoor performance space for a variety of live events.

Project Name: Expand the Grand – Phase II, Red Oak
Total Project Cost: $923,842
Amount Awarded: $150,000
Project Description: This project will include the renovation of the adjacent building to accommodate an additional movie screen and seats as well as an expanded concession area.

Project Name: Winnebago County Environmental Education Center, Leland
Total Project Cost: $1,399,744
Amount Awarded: $250,000
Project Description: This project will include the construction of a two-level, 7,680-square-foot building to house interpretative displays, conservation and wildlife studies, wildlife exhibits and cultural history. An outdoor amphitheater will provide space for additional programming and group gatherings.

Project Name: Woodbine Regional Wellness Center, Woodbine
Total Project Cost: $6,850,075
Amount Awarded: $450,000
Project Description: This project will include the construction of a two-level, 7,680-square-foot building to house interpretative displays, conservation and wildlife studies, wildlife exhibits and cultural history. An outdoor amphitheater will provide space for additional programming and group gatherings.

The Enhance Iowa Program provides financial incentives to communities for the construction of recreational, cultural, educational or entertainment facilities that enhance the quality of life in Iowa. To date, 80 CAT grants have been awarded by the board, totaling $25,036,725. The next Enhance Iowa Board meeting is tentatively scheduled for October 1.

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