The Story City Greater Chamber Connection has received a $6,000 grant for renovation of the Story City Antique Carousel pavilion.
“On Thursday, Nov. 8, when the Story County Community Foundation handed GCC Executive Director Jay Wilson a grant award of $6,000 for the Story City Antique Carousel, it moved an item from the Carousel’s longtime wish list one step closer to becoming a reality,” said Karen Hermanson, maintenance volunteer at the carousel.
While the restored 1913 antique carousel itself is in wonderful condition, she said, the building enclosing it is showing its age.
“It is hard to believe that the building enclosing the carousel is 36 years old and one of the oldest wood structures in our park system. We are fortunate that visitors focus on the colorful attraction inside instead of the deteriorating portions of the exterior,” Hermanson said.
The building was built with private donations during the 1976-1982 restoration project and dedicated on June 4, 1982. It is located in Story City’s North Park adjacent to the Fairview Lodge, overlooking the city’s park system.
The cupola, sliding doors, and upper fascia have all been rebuilt in recent years. When the proposed project is completed, 100 percent of the 1982 building exterior will have been renovated.
The 2019 project will included new Hardie Plank siding, soffits and updated LED soffit lighting for the eight-sided building. Once repairs are completed, the entire structure will be painted in a new color scheme which reflects the site’s historic character.
But perhaps the most exciting portion of the project that volunteers and visitors alike will enjoy will be the addition of at least one set of sliding doors.
“By adding an additional set of doors facing the tennis courts and Broad Street, the carousel will enjoy greater visibility, enhanced ventilation, and more natural light. The building will continue to protect the attraction, but will show it off more to all traveling into our community via our main thoroughfare,” said Wilson.
The additional doors will open onto the new concrete landing surrounding the carousel which was a part of the city of Story City’s North Park improvements.
“The landing provides us with improved space for events and crowds, as well as better access for visitors of all abilities,” said Wilson.
The $55,000 project is scheduled to begin in late spring of 2019 and is expected to be completed within a year. Additional fundraising will be planned to raise the remainder of the funds required for the project.
“Several fun events are already in the works,” said Kim Sporleder, GCC assistant director. Anyone interested in being involved in any capacity on the fund raising committee is asked to contact her at the Story City Greater Chamber Connection office.
Story County Community Foundation held its awards ceremony Nov. 8 in the Garden Room at Reiman Gardens.
A total of $118,304 in 17 different grants was awarded by the foundation to charitable projects in Story County this year. Since its beginning in 2005, SCCF has awarded over $1.2 million in grants throughout Story County. Both local donors and the State of Iowa’s County Endowment Fund provide the support for the grants.
This year, 12 grants totaling more than $81,000 went to projects with county-wide impact. Over $36,000 went to five projects that will impact individual Story County communities. A total of 44 grant applications were submitted for requests totaling over $290,000.
“While these funding decisions are never easy, we continue to be inspired by the growth and impact that we are able to witness in these organizations through the support that we provide,” said Sunni Swarbrick, SCCF executive director. “The Story County Community Foundation is proud to partner with these organizations in their efforts to carry their work forward to help grow the future of our communities.”
Here’s a list of this year’s other grant recipients.
City of McCallsburg — $25,000, park shelter addition
The Salvation Army — $25,000, van for retail donation program
ACTORS Inc. — $6,000, updated stage lighting
All Aboard for Kids — $4,310, computers for summer program serving children with autism spectrum disorder
Bethany Lutheran Daycare — $6,000, quality improvements in early childhood development
Boys & Girls Clubs of Story County — $6,000, teen workforce development program
Children & Families of Iowa — $1,820, SafeCare program training
City of Cambridge — $1,899, automated external defibrillator
Colo Public Library — $1,040, technology upgrade
Emergency Residence Project — $6,000, rapid re-housing program
Lutheran Services in Iowa — $2,580, behavioral-mental health therapy training and equipment
One Heart Equestrian Therapy, Inc. — $6,000, a permanent home for One Heart
Raising Readers in Story County — $6,000 Recipient of the Suzan Shierholz Award, books and materials for school readiness programs
Story County Dental Clinic — $6,000, digital x-ray sensor
Story County Extension and Outreach — $5,980, STEM backpack project
Zearing Public Library — $2,675, computer center upgrade