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The site of the proposed Cone Park, east of the IBP Ice Center, is shown in a 2015, file photo.

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal file

DES MOINES | Sioux City could receive the remaining funds to construct the roughly $4 million Cone Park by January, officials said Wednesday.

The city has requested a $318,000 grant from Vision Iowa, a state program that funds big-ticket cultural, entertainment and educational attractions. 

City officials pitched the Cone Park project to the Vision Iowa Board at its meeting Wednesday in Des Moines.

"They are very impressed with our project," city parks and recreation director Matt Salvatore said after the meeting. "They would like to see some additional private (funding) to show more buy in from the community."

Salvatore said he expects the board to vote on the city's application at its Jan. 13 meeting. He added the grant amount could change.

Once the project is fully funded, city officials say the park near the IBP Ice Center could open as early as December 2016.

In October, Missouri River Historical Development awarded a $200,000 grant for the all-season park, which would have features such as a sledding hill, ice skating area and a splash pad.

If Sioux City does not receive the Vision Iowa grant, Salvatore said the project could be bid out with alternates that include cutting some amenities.

The majority of the project will be paid with $2.6 million from the Ruth Cone Fund, a gift received after Cone, a philanthropist, died in 1981. Sioux City has pledged $800,000 for Cone Park, and Woodbury County has pledged $50,000.

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