- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A revised application for a $318,000 grant for a Sioux City park project shows that the city closed a $1.4 million budget gap and raised an additional $43,000 from private donors.

Matt Salvatore, the city’s parks and recreation director, said that the city has secured nearly $3.7 million to fund the Cone Park project. City officials said it bridged the gap by cutting some non-essential parts, including $250,000 for a used snow groomer.

The Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/1OPYaHJ ) reports that city officials now place the cost of the project at $4 million, down from earlier estimates. The park will include a $3.1 million tubing hill and a $250,000 splash pad and ice rink.

The city initially sought the Vision Iowa grant in December, but city officials asked the board to delay scoring the application for two months. Costs had shuffled, and the city said its numbers in the application were no longer accurate.

The city received an additional $43,000 in private donations and pledges, including $21,000 in February alone, since December. Salvatore said that state officials had previously requested that the city increase such funding.

City officials had been concerned that the city would need to reapply for the grant.

“They’re not telling us we need to reapply at this point,” Salvatore said. “The only way it’d get scored in June is if they told us to reapply in April. Then it’s a three-month process before it could get scored.”

The board is scheduled to review the revised application March 9.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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