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Sioux City Council OKs application for $400K grant for riverfront development

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Chris Larsen Park development

A bicyclist rides through a construction area Monday on the Missouri River riverfront in Sioux City's Chris Larsen Park. The Sioux City Council voted Monday to authorize application for a $400,000 Gilchrist Foundation grant to help fund phase 2 of the Chris Larsen Park riverfront development project.

SIOUX CITY -- The Sioux City Council voted Monday to authorize the Parks and Recreation Department's application for a $400,000 Gilchrist Foundation grant to help fund phase 2 of the Chris Larsen Park riverfront development project.

In 2019, the foundation gave the city $100,000 for the project.

The council, in May, awarded a $3.7 million contract to W.A. Klinger, LLC for the public improvement project. However, due to the available funding on the bid date, the council voted to only move forward with construction of the base bid and the Floyd Shelter.

"Although the council voted to move forward with the bid, there remains a funding deficit of $50,000," Parks and Recreation Director Matt Salvatore wrote in the proposed grant request. "Additionally, several items were not included in the construction bid that were programmed to be purchased and installed separately for the the project to include: site furnishings for the shelters and park signage."

According to the grant request, the funding would support the construction of Virginia Shelter, the design and purchase of park information and education signage, the purchase of site furnishing for the park shelters, as well as the $50,000 bid deficit.

If the city is awarded the grant, $200,000 would be allocated to the project in 2021 and another $200,000 in 2022.

The riverfront fundraising committee continues to actively seek funding to fully complete the project, according to Salvatore.

"The $400,000 award from the Gilchrist Foundation will provide leverage with private donors for a potential $400,000 in matching funds to support the construction of Virginia Overlook," he wrote.

The city hopes to complete the riverfront development project in just two phases for residents and visitors to enjoy by the fall of 2022.

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