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Enhance Iowa Board awards $1 million CAT grant to Waterloo

March 3, 2023

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Jessica O’Riley, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Enhance Iowa Board awards $1 million CAT grant to Waterloo

March 3, 2023 (DES MOINES) – At yesterday’s meeting, the Enhance Iowa Board awarded a Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant totaling $1 million to improve two city parks in Waterloo.

The details for the project receiving a CAT grant follows:

Project Name: Transforming Gates and Byrnes Parks Project, Waterloo
Total Project Cost: $16,918,491
Amount Awarded: $1,000,000
Project Description: This project includes improvements at two city parks. Gates Park improvements include a splash pad, inclusion park, amphitheater and lighted basketball courts surrounded by a roller-skating track. Byrnes Park improvements include the construction of a new aquatic center with a slide tower, 25-yard lap pool, zero-depth entry play area, bathhouse and mechanical building.

The Enhance Iowa Program provides financial incentives to communities for the construction of recreational, cultural, educational or entertainment facilities that enhance the quality of life in Iowa. To date, 105 CAT grants have been awarded by the board, totaling $34,503,023. The next Enhance Iowa Board meeting is scheduled for April 6, 2023.

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