$750,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Seven Projects

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At a meeting last Wednesday, the Vision Iowa Board approved $778,601 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset, Dragoon Trace Nature Center in Ringgold County, the Garner Public Library, an aquatic center in Lake City, a splash pad in Bristow and sports complexes in Dike and Carroll.

The following projects were approved for grants from the Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) Fund:

Iowa Quilt Museum, Winterset
Total Project Cost: $439,000
Amount Requested: $57,725
Amount Awarded: $57,725
Award Contingencies: Completion of fundraising within 30 days.
Project Description: This project includes the purchase of a historic building in downtown Winterset. The building will be remodeled to create exhibit space and new exhibits. Work includes installation of upgraded electrical and HVAC systems, permanent fixtures and museum exhibits.

Dragoon Trace Nature Center, Mount Ayr
Total Project Cost: $365,520
Amount Requested: $50,000
Amount Awarded: $50,000
Award Contingencies: Completion of fundraising within 30 days.
Project Description: This project includes the construction of a multi-use facility in Poe Hollow Park. The nature center will be a custom, historical barn structure with a porch on the front side the building. The interior will contain two rooms for educational displays, a conference room, restrooms, office space and storage facilities. The nature center will use a geothermal system for heating and cooling.

Garner Public Library Renovation and Expansion Project, Garner
Total Project Cost: $1,556,500
Amount Requested: $310,000
Amount Awarded: $310,000
Award Contingencies: Completion of fundraising within 30 days.
Project Description: This project includes the renovation of the interior and exterior of the current library building as well as a 1,834 square foot addition to the south and east sides of the building. Renovations includes installing energy efficient lighting, a drive-up book drop, multi-media and video conferencing equipment; remodeled staff areas, bathrooms and meeting rooms; expanded community kitchenette and opening up the floor plan of the main library area.

Lake City Pool Project – Phase II, Lake City
Total Project Cost: $242,187
Amount Requested: $98,219
Amount Awarded: $98,219
Award Contingencies: Completion of fundraising within 30 days.
Project Description: Phase II of the pool project includes the addition of a double loop, open flume water slide; night lighting; donor wall; bleachers; and swim team equipment, including diving blocks, racing lane lines and lane line reel.

Bristow Betterment Splash Pad Project, Bristow
Total Project Cost: $105,000
Amount Requested: $28,760
Amount Awarded: $28,760
Award Contingencies: Completion of fundraising within 30 days.
Project Description: This project includes the construction of a splash pad in Memorial Park in Bristow. Project components include the splash pad foundation, waterspouts, sprays and required water lines, electrical needs and drainage.

Kruger-Hemmen Sports Complex – Phase II, Dike
Total Project Cost: $500,658
Amount Requested: $100,131
Amount Awarded: $100,131
Award Contingencies: Completion of fundraising within 30 days.
Project Description: This project includes the construction of a one-mile recreational trail that will circle the sports complex and connect to other existing trails, a trailhead, a small playground, concessions and restrooms and a shelter and picnic area.

Carroll’s Merchant Park Redevelopment Park Project, Carroll
Total Project Cost: $850,000
Amount Requested: $133,766
Amount Awarded: $133,766
Award Contingencies: Completion of fundraising within 30 days.
Project Description: This project includes the replacement of benches, the widening of stairs and the installation of handrails and new ADA handicap accessible seating; renovation of under-stadium restrooms; plaza redevelopment; and historic displays at Carroll’s historic Merchants Park Baseball Stadium.

The Vision 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. Currently, 412 CAT awards have been granted by the board, totaling $153,443,436. The next Vision Iowa Board meeting is tentatively scheduled for February 10, 2016, in Des Moines.