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Last month, the Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) announced 58 grants totaling $5,328,207 through its competitive grant and municipal grant programs.
The largest beneficiary of the grants was the YMCA of Washington County, which received a $3.5 million grant.
“These funds will support phase I of the new Washington Community Y facility and bring the total funds raised to $7,936,932,” a YMCA press release stated. “The grant along with private donations pledged towards the project and continued fundraising, will help in bringing the new facility to reality.”
The total cost of the project is expected to be just under $9.2 million.
According to the press release, “The new YMCA building will be the anchor of the city’s Wellness Park offering a wide varitey of recreational opportuities for the community.”
The Wellness Park will be constructed on a site on Fifth Street in Washington.
The park will include ball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, walking trails, green space and other recreational resources.
The awards ceremony was held at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort on May 17.
Some of the other grants announced by WCRF President David Mitchell included:
• City of Riverside, 2018 municipal grant, $60,000.
• City of Kalona, 2018 municipal grant, $142,000.
• City of Wellman, 2018 municipal grant, $85,000.
•Highland Community Schools, Elementary Maker Space, $11,455.
• Riverside VFW, windows, doors, and lighting, $7,000.
• Kalona Historical Society, Kalona Past, Prairie to Prosperity, $50,000.
• Lone Tree Community Schools, baseball dugouts, $4,000
• Richmond AmVets, building renovation, $15,000.
• Riverside Area Community Club, bleacher repairs/demo pit lights, $28,000.
• City of Wellman, South Park renovations, $9,106.
• Mid-Prairie Community Schools, band uniforms, $17,500.
• City of Kalona/ English River, watershed technology upgrade, $14,500.
• Wellman Volunteer Fire Dept, fire gear, washer/dryer, $11,800.
• Highland Community Schools, ag education greenhouse, $47,043.
• Mid-Prairie Community Schools, middle school Chromebooks, $23,843.