The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, approved a Resolution in support of the Schildberg Recreation Area Committee and Atlantic Parks and Rec Department Board, to secure a Vision Iowa CAT (Community Attraction and Tourism) Grant for Phase 1 of the Schildberg Recreation Area improvements. The project will cost $635,000, but Atlantic Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring said they anticipate reducing that amount by as much as $13,000 by working with local vendors and local contractors.
Schildberg Rec Area Master Plan (click on image to enlarge)
The application to Vision Iowa, which must be submitted by April 15th, will request $360,000. It requires a 50-percent match, meaning $180,000 would have to be raised through other sources. The City Council, in its action Wednesday, approved $100,000. The rest, according to Herring, will possibly come from a REAP (Resource Enhancement and Protection) grant, and local sources, which would help fund some portion of the proposed, phased-in improvements to the Schildberg Rec Area.
Campground area site plan (click to enlarge image)
He says within the next 2-3 years, they could fund the playground, an ADA compliant fishing pier, the west side shelter house, and parking lot, not only through REAP, but through the Local Option Sales Tax, the Hotel-Motel Tax and the regular budgeting process, as well as local donations. In addition, the Schildberg Rec Area Committee will talk with the Board of Supervisors for a possible contribution. The CAT grant, according to Herring, allows for up to 25-percent of what the request is as in-kind, or about $40,000. He says they’ve already met that requirement “Three-times over,” because of all the time, labor, and other efforts put into improvements.
The goal of the CAT grant application, he says, is to make Atlantic, a “Destination Point [Place], a place where people can spend time and money while they are enjoying the outdoors and our community. The City should know sometime late this Summer or early Fall at the latest, whether it’s request for grant funds will be met in whole, or in-part.