DeWitt lands CAT grant for library

DES MOINES — The Enhance Iowa Board awarded $850,000 in Community Attraction and Tourism grants to a Miracle League ballfield and all-inclusive playground in Dubuque and a library expansion in DeWitt. The awards were approved at Wednesday’s meeting in Urbandale.

DeWitt’s Frances Banta Waggoner Community Library was awarded $350,000.

The DeWitt library will expand from 7,500 square feet to 21,000 square feet. The expanded building will increase the children’s and teen areas, as well as add additional computer workspaces, new meeting and study rooms and a storytime room. The total project cost is $5.48 million.

The Miracle League of Dubuque Baseball Field & All-Inclusive Playground in Dubuque will receive $500,000. Its total project cost is $3.43 million.

The Miracle League ballfield and all-inclusive playground will be constructed in Dubuque’s Veterans Memorial Park. The new Miracle League Drive will lead to a completely ADA-accessible, lighted parking lot, walkway, ballfield, play area, picnic areas and benches. A support building located at the park entrance will house concessions, restrooms, a quiet room and storage.

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, 43 CAT awards have been granted by the board, totaling $14,263,226. The next Enhance Iowa Board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 13 in Des Moines.