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Rice County Arena Addition
The Rice County Community Foundation,
Inc. will use a KAN STEP Grant for Arena Addition
The Rice County Community Foundation, Inc. in Lyons, KS will use volunteer labor
from the community valued at $183,184 and $262,700 in KAN STEP funding from the
Kansas Department of Commerce (Commerce) to complete an addition to the
sportsman's arena valued at $445,884.
The existing arena is used to house horse shows, rodeos and fair activities. The
6800 sq. ft. addition will allow for meeting rooms, rest rooms and concessions.
The lack of these facilities has hampered the Arena from hosting larger events
such as professional bull riding venues. The volunteers have demonstrated their
abilities by building the main convention hall adjacent to the Arena.
Project representatives are RCCF Executive Director Jill Nichols, RCCF President
Craig Zwick, Scott Ludwig and Jack Janssen. Grant administration will be
provided by John Sweet, Lyons City Administrator. Dan Hall B G Consultants, Inc.
Manhattan, KS is the architect for the project. Kansas Rural Water Association
will provide inspection services and technical assistance.
KAN STEP is a self-help program that enables small communities to make major
infrastructure improvements. Local people volunteer labor and services or "sweat
equity," while the Kansas Department of Commerce provides funding for materials
and technical services. An acronym for Kansas Small Towns Environment Program,
KAN STEP gives small Kansas communities an opportunity to do projects they
couldn't otherwise afford. The funding is provided through the federal Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.