Pearl Street Park
Sioux City Parks & Recreation worked with students from the University of Iowa, Smith Group JJR and a local group of stakeholders to develop concepts for a new park downtown. The greenspace, located at 620 Pearl Street across from LaunchPAD Children's Museum, will be complete by late September 2017.
Cone Park will feature a lighted tubing hill with automated snow-making equipment, day lodge, an ice skating rink to double as a splash pad in the summer months and a recreational trail. The day lodge will be used as a warming house in the winter months and a rental facility during the off-season. The new winter recreational area is anticipated to open to the public in December of 2017.
West 7th Street Reconstruction Project
The West 7th Street Reconstruction Project will reconstruct the roadway and sidewalks from Wesley Parkway to Hamilton Boulevard. City utilities, such as sewer, water, storm sewer, and fiber optics will also be replaced. In addition, the project includes many features intended to support walkability and economic growth. On-street parking, landscape elements, gateway elements, Perry Creek bridge aesthetic enhancements, new lighting, colored pavements, and unique bus shelters will give the West 7th Street corridor a distinctive look and feel.
Sioux City Reinvestment District
The Sioux City Reinvestment District included 3 projects: a new Convention Center hotel, Virginia Square and Ag Expo Center. $13.9 million has been requested from the Iowa Reinvestment Program which allows the use of state hotel/motel and sales taxes for up to 20 years. Sioux City has been awarded provisional approval” under the IRD for the projects that include $72 million in public/private investment. The City Council has approved plans for Kinseth Hospitality to build a $20 million Courtyard by Marriott hotel downtown next to the Sioux City Convention Center.