Camp High Hopes groundbreaking

Chris Liberto, executive director of Camp High Hopes, addresses the crowd Monday during a groundbreaking ceremony for two new projects for the camp -- the Yorkshire Welcome Center and the Lincolnshire Boathouse.

SIOUX CITY -- Camp High Hopes formally broke ground Monday on two additions to the Sioux City camp for children, teens and adults with disabilities.

The Yorkshire Welcome Center and the Lincolnshire Boathouse are part of the second phase of the camp’s 20‐year master plan.

“We are thrilled to continue to grow and expand to meet the needs of our campers,” says Chris Liberto, the executive director of Camp High Hopes. “We, of course, couldn’t have done this without the support of our donors. While it’s an exciting day for us, it’s also for them, because they are the ones who made this all possible."

The welcome center, which will be built at the entrance to the 90-acre camp, will serve as a gathering place for campers, families and visitors before they head into camp. The 4,000‐square-foot building will have a visitor lobby, a reception desk, a camp store area, offices for staff, a break room, a meeting room, a board/training room, a copy center, an IT center, restrooms and storage areas. The new building will free up space in the camp’s Meadowlark Lodge, where camp staff offices are currently housed, allowing the camp to provide more space for the camp’s programs and activities.

The Lincolnshire Boathouse, which will be built near the camp’s eight‐acre lake, will serve as a place to store canoes, paddleboats, life‐preservers, and fishing equipment; it will also have a handicapped accessible restroom. This new restroom will provide a larger, safer, and better equipped facility for campers, staff, and visitors to use while enjoying waterfront activities.

Both projects are slated to be finished by May 1 and open in time for the summer camp sessions.

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