The Iowa Department of Economic Development has awarded the City of Storm Lake a $50,000 Community Development grant to help fund a feasibility study for a state park.
Storm Lake Mayor Jon Kruse announced the grant this week. With it, there are pending grant applications from corporate foundations.
The total cost of the planning and feasibility study is $90,000, Kruse said.
The Storm Lake City Council will host a work session on the state park planning proposal on May 5.
David Ciaccio of the Ciaccio Dennell Group will make a presentation on his firm's proposal to conduct the state park feasibility study.
A local planning committee has been formed under the direction of Mayor Kruse to help advance the state park proposal.
That group contains members of the Mayor's Community Rec Center Task Force, which started conceptual work on a combined community center and aquatic center well over a year ago.
The two groups were "folded" together earlier this year after discussions started on a possible state park designation for the Storm Lake area.
The Storm Lake State Park Planning Committee includes representatives from a variety of area organizations, such as the City of Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake Schools and other local businesses.
Ciaccio is from the Omaha-based land planning company Ciaccio Dennell Group, which has designed several projects, including the Sioux City riverfront and the proposed riverfront project in Fort Dodge.
Major components of a Storm Lake plan most likely would be an aquatic center, a unification of the LakeTrail and additional new trails, with enhancements to the waterfront.
More ambitious possibilities include a possible overnight lodge and conference center next to the lake.
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