Timber Plus seeks grant for St. Joe riverfront docks

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A grant for new docks at Aqua Park awaits approval.

Timber Plus submitted the grant application to the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Jan. 26. If approved, a total of $210,000 of the $230,000 estimated cost for the construction and installation of new docks will be covered, according to Kristi Scott, Economic Development Director for Timber Plus.

The project has been targeted by Timber Plus because new docks would make the park safer to use. Also, Aqua Park provides access for boaters, which has the potential to increase revenue for businesses in the community. The docks to be redone are the ones located at and near the boat launch.

Timber Plus Economic Development Director Kristi Scott stands in front of the boat launch at Aqua Park. Timber Plus submitted a grant for funds to redo the docks near the launch. Donations for the project, which will count as matching funds, are still needed and being accepted. However, those wishing to donate to the project will need to let Ms. Scott know soon.

Timber Plus Economic Development Director Kristi Scott stands in front of the boat launch at Aqua Park. Timber Plus submitted a grant for funds to redo the docks near the launch. Donations for the project, which will count as matching funds, are still needed and being accepted. However, those wishing to donate to the project will need to let Ms. Scott know soon.

A key part of the grant involves matching funds. So far, more than $10,000 in donations has been committed to the project.

Timber Plus will provide a $5,000 cash donation to the project. The Benewah Waterways Committee has pledged $4,000 for the project. Jack Buell will provide more than $6,000 of in-kind services, including the removal and necessary disposal of the old docks. Avista Utilities will give $2,000 for the project and 10th Street Super Stop will pay the required permit fee of $300.

“Although the grant has been submitted, the grant specialist I worked with noted that donations can still be accepted. If you are not familiar with how a grant process works, they are scored on a number of components, including matching funds,” Ms. Scott said. “And if it is a competitive year, which past years have been, the more donations our community gives, the more likely the grant is to be approved as it shows a unified commitment to the improvement of community.”

Ms. Scott asked asks anyone who uses the Aqua Park boat launch, owns a business or organization that benefits from local and visiting boaters, or anyone who wishes to help improve the community in general to consider giving to the project. A letter of commitment should be given to Ms. Scott as soon as possible.

“Any amount helps. The review committee goes into session in early March. Commitment letters must be attached to the grant application before then. If the grant is approved, your donation is due in mid-July when grant funds are made available,” she said.

Ms. Scott added approval of the grant and completion of the project could open the door for more grant money to improve Aqua Park.

Contact Ms. Scott at 245-2239 or via email at timberplus3b@gmail.com with questions or suggestions.

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