A brand new Riverfront Conservation Education Center in Fort Dodge’s Central River District is one step nearer to changing into a actuality.
Plans for the character center have been approved by the Webster County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, permitting the challenge to exit to bid.
The challenge features a 13,000-square-foot nature center constructing that includes exhibit house, school rooms and administrative places of work for Webster County Conservation. Outside, the character center could have a pure playscape, fishing overlooks to the Des Moines River, an outside classroom, river entry and different facilities being coordinated with town’s Riverfront Park challenge the place Central Avenue meets the Des Moines River, Matt Cosgrove, director of Webster County Conservation, instructed the board.
The challenge is a three way partnership of the Fort Dodge and Webster County governments.
Cosgrove introduced the ultimate plans for the character center, designed by ISG, of Des Moines, to the board on Tuesday.
The central theme of the character center and the reveals can be “Immerse yourself in the living story of Iowa’s water — the lifeblood that shapes our communities and our landscapes — while discovering our responsibility to protect it for the future.”
“One of the unique things about our facility is in a lot of nature centers, they try to tell a lot of stories and in ours we’re going to be pretty specific about Iowa’s water with it being located right on the river,” Cosgrove instructed the board in February.
The sub themes of the reveals will deal with watershed conservation, human affect on water, native habitats, pure and native historical past, and water recreation.
Construction on the challenge is predicted to start this summer time.
“This is an exciting project to move forward with,” board chair Mark Campbell mentioned after the board approved the plans.
Cosgrove instructed the board that the estimated competitors date for the challenge is October 2023.
A public listening to for the bids can be held at 10 a.m. on May 24, on the Webster County Courthouse.