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Park plan challenge

Tuesday, May 6, 2003

$40,000 more must be raised to launch Storm Lake State Park plan

There's a $40,000 "void" before work can get underway on a Storm Lake State Park Master Plan, says Storm Lake Mayor Jon Kruse. The total cost of producing such a plan is $90,000, he said.

The Storm Lake City Council met with landscape architect David Ciaccio yesterday at the council's regular meeting to begin the process. It was the first time the proposal for a state park was presented to the council.

"We're here to think about getting that plan put together," Mayor Kruse said.

The city has secured a $50,000 planning grant from the Iowa Department of Economic Development. The local group was encouraged to apply by IDED Director Michael Blouin when he visited Storm Lake last month.

Kruse said the group has also applied for a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, adding that they hope to hear soon on the outcome of that.

The mayor issued a challenge to businesses and organizations.

"Anything you see fit to do to help fund this would be greatly appreciated," he said. "This would benefit every community, not just Storm Lake."

The initial concept for a state park started last summer when it was pointed out to the director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that Storm Lake is the largest natural lake in the state without a state park designation.

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