Webster City couple’s donation kickstarts 4-H camp pool project

WEBSTER CITY — A major contribution from Dean and Adele Bowden, of Webster City, has kicked off construction of a new outdoor pool at Clover Woods Camp and Retreat Center, near Madrid.

Construction on the new pool will begin in early this month. It is slated to be complete this fall.

The new facility will be open for use in the spring of 2019.

The pool will be 30 feet by 60 feet and will be located east of the existing pool facility. The project also includes upgraded and updated bath house facilities. The old pool will be completely demolished and will become a new parking area.

“We are grateful to the Bowdens for their generosity and vision in supporting this project,” Emily Saveraid, executive director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation, said.

“A new pool has been sorely needed for the past several years; we look forward to welcoming campers back to Clover Woods next summer to enjoy this new amenity.”

Originally opened as the Iowa 4-H Center in 1952, Clover Woods Camp and Retreat Center annually welcomes 4-H’ers and non-4-H-users alike to the facility for camps, retreats or day use opportunities, according to a press release.

Clover Woods offers users more than 20 miles of hiking trails, a low ropes course, climbing tower, zip line and sports facilities. In addition, Clover Woods gives users the chance to explore five different ecosystems, as well as historical monuments, according to officials.

Other contributors to this project include Prairie Meadows and the Don and Doris, Dennis and Julie Goering families.

Clover Woods Camp & Retreat Center is owned by the Iowa 4-H Foundation and offers day and overnight facility use as well as year-round recreation opportunities on 1,000 scenic acres in Boone County.