The Wickiup Hill Learning Center Building Expansion won for Class 1 Park and Recreation Facility. The expansion was recognized for its use of recycled construction materials, geothermal heating and state of the art mechanical systems as well as its innovative hands-on exhibits. It was also held up as an example of wide-reaching support – financial support came from 22 governmental organizations, 4 federal and state grants, 14 community organizations, 12 corporate partners and over 100 private supporters!
The Cedar River Watershed Education Project won for a Class 1 Park and Recreation Program. This program, lead by Linn County’s Deputy Director Dennis Goemaat, was a partnership between 23 county conservation boards.
Watershed education efforts included TV and radio spots, monthly articles, watershed signage and an education program.