- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A committee will make a recommendation to Sioux City leaders this week to contract for design work on a proposed winter recreational park.

Amenities for the proposed Cone Park could include sledding, tubing, skiing, snowboarding, outdoor ice skating and a lodge, the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1JspMjZ ) reported. Engineer Brent Harley with Canada-based Distinctive Mountain Resort Design told the city council in June that overall work on the project could cost more than $18 million.

The firm’s feasibility study showed that Sioux City has the topography to build the park, but several council members raised concerns about the potential price tag.

The study called for the facility to finish before December 2016, but in order for that to happen, Harley said removing trees would have to begin by this fall. He called the project a “positive venture for the Siouxland area,” and said that tickets could cost up to $19.

Local philanthropist Ruth Cone, who died in 1981, endowed the city with $200,000 toward the project and the funds were held for 25 years before they were released in 2006. Cone’s gift is now worth more than $2 million, and the city has an additional $800,000 set aside for the project.

The city council will be asked Monday to approve a resolution that would accept the Cone Park committee’s recommendation to contract start-up design work by Mason City, Iowa-based Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc.

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

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