SIRCC grant pushes “Places to Play” fund to $86,000


LEE COUNTY – A spring 2019 initiative is just $14,000 short of it’s $100,000 goal for funds to improve playground equipment at Pollmiller Park.
The Three Rivers Conservation Foundation received two local grants this spring for the project. The first grant was a $25,000 grant from the Southeast Iowa Regional Riverboat Commission (SIRRC), and the second was $5,000 from the Lee County Charitable Fund.
“We appreciate the support for this park improvement project. Pollmiller Park is the busiest county park that attracts families from across the area. I know that many of our park goers are very excited about this project,” said Kayla Schleidt, foundation member and Campground Host at Pollmiller Park.
The foundation has set a fundraising goal of $100,000 for the playground, and the Lee County Conservation Board has agreed to match all donations up to $50,000 to help the foundation reach its goal. So far, the group has raised $43,000 for the project. With the LCCB match, they are up to $86,000.
In 2019, the group launched a new initiative called the “Places to Play” Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to help LCCB replace playgrounds at various parks within the county. Tom Pollpeter, Foundation President, says “The Foundation has always focused on families and children. We saw the playground project as a great way to encourage more families to get out and enjoy our wonderful county parks.”
In addition to these grants, the foundation has also received support for this project from Ann Menke—CPA, Larry Kelch—Edward Jones, Scott’s Company, Scott Kincaid, Ed & Tammi Kircher, Connection Bank, Catfish Bend Casinos, Iowa Fertilizer Plant, Lee County Bank, Steve Dermand, Dennis Osipowicz, Helen Ackerson, Kathy Nelson, Tom Pollpeter, Soroptomist International, Stage 2, Glenn and Mary Van Pelt, Kim Hundt, Philip Caropreso, Kenneth and Angela Rothlauf, Janet Dinkel, Bruce Huddleson, Susan Flockhart, Ben Schlader, Emily Benjamin, and Nathan Unsworth.
For more information on this project or about the Three Rivers Conservation Foundation, please call the Lee County Conservation Office at 319-463-7673. Those interested in donating to the project can direct their donations to Three Rivers Conservation Foundation 2652 Hwy 61 Montrose, IA 52639. Donations can also be left at the Pollmiller Beach or Pollmiller Campground Kiosk. People can also make donations online at

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