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Vision Iowa awards grant to National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Wednesday, Vision Iowa awarded a $1,230,00 grant to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.  The money will support the development of an outdoor plaza between the Museum and Aquarium and the Great River Center (located in the old Diamond Jo Casino Building). 

The outdoor plaza is scheduled to open in 2011.  The Great River Center and the City of Dubuque's visiting boat docks project at the Ice Harbor is providing matching funds for the project.

The Plaza will be an outdoor museum space with a flowing stream with live fish, a toddler Huck Finn ride, dancing waters fountain, pavilions, outdoor food and beverage and seating along the water's edge. The total cost of the plaza is estimated at $1.8 million, with $451,000 already raised by the museum. 

"This is a tremendous boost to Iowa and to the Port of Dubuque. The Mississippi Plaza will be a dynamic space to enjoy the river and will compliment the exciting opening of the Great Rivers Center," said Jerry Enzler, Executive Director of the Museum & Aquarium.

The project also includes the addition of 43 transient boat slips to the City of Dubuque's visiting boat docks in the Ice Harbor. That will create a total of 68 transient boat slips in the Ice Harbor.

"This is great news for Dubuque. We are very grateful to Vision Iowa for this grant and their continued partnership in revitalizing our riverfront. The expansion of the museum and aquarium and the addition of visiting boat docks in the Ice Harbor are significant to the continued growth of tourism in our community," said Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol.

The Museum & Aquarium also received a $10,000 marketing grant to assist in the promotion of the attraction.

Vision Iowa also awarded a $10,000 grant to the Dubuque Art Center for its planned "Art Market: Dubuque" a series of events aimed to provide a venue for a wide variety of fine and functional art, live music, theater performances, kids activities, and more.

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