SIBLEY, Iowa | Two Northwest Iowa projects received funding boosts Wednesday in the form of state grants.
The Sioux County Nature Center in Hawarden and the Sibley Aquatic Center were awarded $600,000 and $250,000 Community Action and Tourism grants, respectively, from the Enhance Iowa Board, which met Wednesday in Marshalltown.
Both grants were for the full amount requested by the projects' organizers.
The Sioux County Nature Center is a two-story building at Oak Grove Park that will include a meeting room, office space for conservation staff, exhibit spaces and classrooms for educational programming. The project is estimated to cost $4,269,318.
The Sibley Aquatic Center includes the rehabilitation and expansion of Sibley's existing swimming pool and includes a new splash pad, zero-depth entry, water play structures, a water bench, and other features. It also include the complete remodel, rehabilitation and reuse of existing pool facilities and replacement of the existing clubhouse with a new facility that will host community celebrations, meetings and special events. The estimated project cost is $2,568,488.
The state board provides financial incentives to communities for construction of facilities that enhance Iowa's recreational, cultural, educational and entertainment offerings.