A major grant made possible through a local industry is going to help build the new shelter house at Children's Park.
The Pella Rolscreen Foundation has announced a grant of $50,000 for the shelter house project. This grant was requested by Pella Corp. Operations in Sioux Center, working in conjunction with Sioux Center Parks Director Lee Van Meeteren.
“The aim of the Pella Rolscreen Foundation is to invest in and improve the future of communities where Pella Corp. team members live and work. When Lee brought us the plan for a new shelter house at Children’s Park, we felt this was a great way to invest in the future of Sioux Center,” said Denny Van Zanten, plant manager at Pella Corp’s Sioux Center Operations.
The new shelter house is planned as part of an improvement project for Children's Park, one of Sioux Center's largest parks. Plans include a paved parking area with connections to the shelter house and recreation trail, all designed to promote accessibility. The plans also include construction of the new enclosed shelter house to offer a larger, up-to-date climate-controlled space for gatherings as well as arts and recreation classes at the park.
“This grant is important to help us achieve our vision for the park and shelter house” Van Meeteren said. “Pella Corp.’s Sioux Center Operations provides work to support a number of families in our area, and it is great to see them also supporting local families with a grant for Children’s Park.”
Ground breaking for the new shelter house and parking area is scheduled for early September, and completion is scheduled for the spring of 2019.
“We are very pleased to be able to provide this grant and we look forward to the wonderful new park layout and shelter house”, said Amber Jaworski, Pella’s Sioux Center manager of human resources and president of the Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce. “We feel that Sioux Center is a great place to live, work, shop and enjoy outings with friends and family.”
The Pella Rolscreen Foundation was inspired by the example set over 90 years ago by Pella Corporation’s founder Pete Kuyper and his wife Lucille. As a community partner, the Foundation provides grants, invests in youth and education, and undertakes service projects to help progressively shape the communities in which Pella Corporation team members live and work. It also supports the philanthropic interests of team members and retirees through a generous Matching Gift and Volunteer Recognition Program.
Photo: Denny Van Zanten, plant manager at Pella Corp’s Sioux Center Operations, (left) and Amber Jaworski, Pella’s Sioux Center manager of human resources, (right), present Sioux Center Parks Directer Lee Van Meeteren (center) with the $50,000 grant to help build the new Children's Park shelter house.