Pottawattamie County buys western Iowa ski enterprise

Haley Bach will get somewhat air whereas snowboarding down the slopes at Mt. Crescent Ski Space on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2021 in Crescent, Iowa. Mt. Crescent Ski Space, 60-year-old ski and sledding attraction in western Iowa has been bought to Pottawattamie County for $3.5 million. (Joe Shearer/The Day by day Nonpareil by way of AP)

A skier will get able to take a run at Mt. Crescent Ski Space on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2021 in Crescent, Iowa. Mt. Crescent Ski Space, 60-year-old ski and sledding attraction in western Iowa has been bought to Pottawattamie County for $3.5 million. (Joe Shearer/The Nonpareil by way of AP)

CRESCENT, Iowa — A 60-year-old ski and sledding attraction in western Iowa has been bought to Pottawattamie County for $3.5 million.

The county’s buy of Mt. Crescent Ski Space, which sits adjoining to Hitchcock Nature Heart, was finalized on Dec. 30, the Council Bluffs Day by day Nonpareil reported Wednesday. The cash for the acquisition got here from a $1.4 million Iowa West Basis grant and federal pandemic stimulus funds.

Pottawattamie County Supervisor Justin Schultz stated the acquisition is a part of a long-term plan to accumulate your entire bluff within the Hitchcock Nature Heart space. The county plans to discover additional leisure improvement of the world to make it a year-round vacation spot.

Former homeowners Korby and Samantha Fleischer will handle the attraction by the rest of the present season and have the choice to proceed managing for at the very least two years. Korby Fleisher stated he and his spouse want to work with the county to see plans for a four-season attraction come to fruition.

“We wish to assist out greater than 100% to make this somewhat Disneyland within the Midwest,” he stated.

Mt. Crescent is about 8 miles north of Council Bluffs.

Pottawattamie County’s private-to-public conversion of the attraction is harking back to the same deal earlier in 2021 when Polk County introduced it was shopping for Sleepy Hole Sports activities Park in Des Moines, a well-liked central Iowa park identified for winter sledding and tubing.

A snowboarder’s shadow is solid onto the snow as she rides down the slopes at Mt. Crescent Ski Space on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2021 in Crescent, Iowa. Mt. Crescent Ski Space, 60-year-old ski and sledding attraction in western Iowa has been bought to Pottawattamie County for $3.5 million. (Joe Shearer/The Nonpareil by way of AP)

Skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes at Mt. Crescent Ski Space on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2021 in Crescent, Iowa. Mt. Crescent Ski Space, 60-year-old ski and sledding attraction in western Iowa has been bought to Pottawattamie County for $3.5 million. (Joe Shearer/The Day by day Nonpareil by way of AP)

Alexis Libal of Wahoo, Neb., rides a snowboard down a run at Mt. Crescent Ski Space on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2021 in Crescent, Iowa. Mt. Crescent Ski Space, 60-year-old ski and sledding attraction in western Iowa has been bought to Pottawattamie County for $3.5 million. (Joe Shearer/The Day by day Nonpareil by way of AP)

Polly Cobb of Omaha skis down the slopes at Mt. Crescent Ski Space on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2021 in Crescent, Iowa. Mt. Crescent Ski Space, 60-year-old ski and sledding attraction in western Iowa has been bought to Pottawattamie County for $3.5 million. (Joe Shearer/The Day by day Nonpareil by way of AP)

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