WECRD UPDATE
 

5.1 Million Dollar Building Cancelled

 

The 5.1 Million dollar unaffordable building that did not include a pool and that would have taken all of the tax dollars for years to come has been cancelled.

The building was designed as a $5.1 million building. When put out to bid the low bid came back at over $4.9 million dollars. With only $3.7 million dollars in the bank the previous board elected to enter, "value engineering". That process brought the price of the building to $4.2 million dollars. Items removed from the building during "value engineering" included the landscaping, a mandatory parking lot, ceiling fans, basketball hoops, lockers, window blinds, and the list goes on.

On this site you can still see where the previous board said they would not put the building out for bid or build until they had collected $850k in donations from the community and had all the money in the bank.

 

From this website in June -

"6/4/15

 

HOW MUCH WILL THIS FACILITY COST?
The capital costs of the project are expected to be approximately $5.1 million.  By the time construction is completed, the Recreation District will be able to cover about $4.25 million of the total costs, which includes HUD grant monies that must be used by September of 2015 and 2016.  Approximately $850,000 will be raised from the community.

 

WHEN WILL GROUND BE BROKEN FOR THE FACILITY?

 The building design is finished and the construction documents were submitted to the city in March 2015. The city reviewed the construction documents and made their changes and returned them to LCA Architects at the end of May 2015. LCA will finalize the documents and they will be ready to go out to bid in mid-July 2015. However, the project will not go out to bid until 100% of the $850,000 campaign goal has been pledged. Once the campaign goal is reached the project will go to bid and construction will begin."

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE COMMUNITY CAN’T MEET THE $850,000 FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR CONSTRUCTION? 
The feasibility study conducted in 2012 concluded that if community concerns were addressed, then raising $850,000 was possible.  If these funds are not raised, the community will have to wait until the Recreation District has collected enough money to fund the project."

 

3.7 million is what was in the bank. In order to say that the WECRD had all the money, ($550k short) the previous board had to include all of 2016's taxes as well as part of 2017's taxes. That would've been for an empty building, and only IF the construction costs did not rise at all. The previous board had already approved $16k in change orders.

After using part of 2017's taxes to pay off the building the process of trying to put the $700k that was "value engineered" out of the building, back in, would have to had started. The Capital Campaign that had been going on since November of 2014, (the WECRD has taken donations for over 10 years), had raised a total of $40k with "pledges" for $220k, still a shortfall of another $500k and over another year down the road.

The 20 acres purchased for $500k over 10 years ago has a roughly 2 acre parcel up front that can be built on and is in the floodplain. Behind that 2 acre parcel is approximately 8 acres of floodway that cannot be built on. To get to the back 10 acres of this property will be very expensive. With only two acres that can be used the opportunity to expand is severely limited.

 

Art Nelson and Judy Mayne campaigned on cancelling that building that was designed to be a YMCA. That is what they did.

 

It's time to stop looking backwards because that's not where we're going. Over the next weeks we'll be updating the website and sharing what we believe over 60% of the citizens elected us to do. First and foremost was to cancel the building. Next is to look at affordable options that don't take every last penny that the WECRD has, and will have, over the next 2 to 3 years. Cancelling the building was as much about preserving the dollars we have left as it was about getting as much as we can for those dollars. We want to look at any available options already existing here in town. We want to fund programs and projects in the community. If it ends up that we can't afford the building we think we have to have then we can save for it, but not to the exclusion of providing recreation. The WECRD has collected over 5 million dollars from our community and over the 15 year life of the WECRD it has funded a little over $100k.

I'm personally tired of the adult problems affecting the kids. We can argue and discuss and survey all we want but some of the absolute recreational needs, of not only the kids, but the other non-profits and adult recreational activities, should be funded by this recreation district. Small grants and funding can go a very long way for the organizations that struggle along without help, or thanks, and are getting it done on a day-to-day basis. We need to assist those programs and help them out.

 

Mountain Home Family YMCA Groundbreaking Ceremony CANCELLED

CONSTRUCTION ON THE RECREATION CENTER BUILDING HAS BEEN SUSPENDED PENDING THE DECISION OF THE NEW WECRD BOARD, JUDY MAYNE AND ART NELSON, ON WHETHER OR NOT TO PROCEED WITH CONSTRUCTION OF THE MOUNTAIN HOME RECREATION CENTER

NOVEMBER 4, 2015

 

Updated 6/4/15

Western Elmore County Recreation District

Mountain Home YMCA
 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE PROPOSED RECREATION FACILITY?
The Recreation District and the Treasure Valley Family YMCA are working to build partnerships, engage the community, and develop a strategy to raise the funds needed to construct a new facility.  The Recreation District and the Y hope to complete a capital campaign and break ground in 2015, completing the facility within a year following the start of construction. 

WHAT DID THE FEASIBILITY REPORT SAY?
The 2012 feasibility study concluded that it was possible to raise approximately an additional $850,000 in private funds needed for the new facility and identified a number of questions that should be addressed before the fundraising campaign began.  These questions address facility design, the programs and services that will be offered, the proposed site, the project budget, and community outreach.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE Y IN THIS PROJECT?
The Recreation District and taxpayers will own the facility, but it will be managed and run by the Treasure Valley Family YMCA.

WHAT DOES THE Y DO?
The Y’s mission is to develop youth, engage people in healthy living, and instill a sense of social responsibility in our communities.  The YMCA believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential and deserves access to tools and education to help them live healthier, happier lives. This is why no one is ever turned away from the Y due to an inability to pay.  To learn more about the Treasure Valley Family Y, please visit http://www.ymcatvidaho.org.

 

 

HOW DOES THE Y FUND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE WHO COULD NOT OTHERWISE AFFORD TO PARTICIPATE IN PROGRAMS?
The Y balances its resources including the use of volunteer time and managing costs in order to accommodate the demand in any community in which it operates. The Y’s sliding fee scale ensures that everybody pays something, even if it’s a nominal amount. Donor contributions make it possible for the Y to provide services to anyone who needs them, and communities invest in the Y because it’s the entire community that enjoys the benefits that a Y brings.

WHAT KIND OF FACILITY IS THE RECREATION DISTRICT PLANNING TO BUILD?
The proposed facility would be approximately 23,000 square feet and would include, but is not limited to, a youth and teen center, gym, exercise room, weight room, locker rooms, central gathering area, and child watch area.  In addition to traditional gymnasium and fitness programs, the Y will offer programming for teens, afterschool activities, and health and wellness offerings for people of all ages. The Recreation District is still developing the facility’s final design with the Y.

WHERE WILL THE FACILITY BE LOCATED?
The project site is located on South 18th East Street, just across from the Mountain Home Junior High and High School campuses, and east of downtown Mountain Home. The property is located directly across from the high school track, football field, and very near Eastside Park, where baseball and soccer fields are located.

HOW MUCH WILL THIS FACILITY COST?
The capital costs of the project are expected to be approximately $5.1 million.  By the time construction is completed, the Recreation District will be able to cover about $4.25 million of the total costs, which includes HUD grant monies that must be used by September of 2015 and 2016.  Approximately $850,000 will be raised from the community. 

HOW DO WE KNOW THE CONSTRUCTION COSTS ARE ACCURATE?
The project’s construction costs were last estimated in June 2014.

WILL THE FACILITY INCLUDE A POOL?
The building plans do not call for a pool, both due to the high capital costs initially, and the significant ongoing expense of maintaining a pool.  Based on other YMCA projects in Idaho, it’s estimated that building a pool would cost approximately $5 million, nearly doubling the construction cost of the project.  Annual maintenance and operating costs of a pool would be approximately $700,000 per year.

WHY HAS IT TAKEN SO LONG FOR A FACILITY PLAN TO EMERGE?
It seems like a long time since the Recreation District was created.  The District has been working hard for several years with much going on in the background to make the recreation facility a reality. Because the District is committed to building a facility without incurring debt, we have been working hard to ensure that we are adequately capitalized before breaking ground.

WHEN WILL GROUND BE BROKEN FOR THE FACILITY?

The building design is finished and the construction documents were submitted to the city in March 2015. The city reviewed the construction documents and made their changes and returned them to LCA Architects at the end of May 2015. LCA will finalize the documents and they will be ready to go out to bid in mid-July 2015. However, the project will not go out to bid until 100% of the $850,000 campaign goal has been pledged. Once the campaign goal is reached the project will go to bid and construction will begin.

 WHAT HAPPENS IF THE COMMUNITY CAN’T MEET THE $850,000 FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR CONSTRUCTION? 
The feasibility study conducted in 2012 concluded that if community concerns were addressed, then raising $850,000 was possible.  If these funds are not raised, the community will have to wait until the Recreation District has collected enough money to fund the project.

ONCE IT’S BUILT, HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO RUN THE FACILITY?
It will cost an estimated $590,000 annually to operate the recreation center.

WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR COVERING THE ONGOING OPERATING EXPENSES?
Based on information gathered in a 2010 market study, the business plan calls for enrolling 700 members.  Given those membership targets, the Y projects that approximately $340,000 will be generated from membership fees.   Beyond what these fees will cover, the facility will require approximately $250,000 in operating monies each year. Once the facility is open, the Recreation District’s revenue stream will be directed toward operational expenses.

HOW MUCH WILL A MEMBERSHIP COST?
Membership fees are expected to be $25-45 per month, depending on membership type.  There are different membership types available for individuals, families, young adults, and seniors.  Financial assistance is available, and no one is turned away from the YMCA due to inability to pay.

 

HOW WILL THIS PROJECT BENEFIT MOUNTAIN HOME?
For a long time, our community has lacked a modern recreation facility for the public. The Y offers a safe, healthy, positive place to spend time, make friends, and enjoy a diverse range of recreational opportunities for people of all ages—whether you’re 5, 15, or 75.  And because all Y programs are based on the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, you can be sure that whatever kids and families are doing at the Y, it’s bringing them together in a way that will promote good health and a stronger community. The Y’s programming will also vastly expand after-school opportunities for our youth, providing a safe and nurturing place for hundreds of our students who might otherwise turn to other, less wholesome activities.

HOW WILL THE Y’S PROGRAMS IMPACT OTHER EXISTING PROGRAMS IN
MOUNTAIN HOME?

The Y intends to create a menu of programs that supplements and enhances existing recreational programs in the community, as well as to introduce new programs that are not currently offered. The Y will work closely with the city’s Parks & Recreation Department, the schools, and other recreation service providers to ensure that needs are met, redundancies are minimized, and new opportunities are made available to local citizens.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT?
For questions regarding the YMCA project in Mountain Home, you can reach local Y staffer, Keyra Elmo at (208) 344-5502, ext 262 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   For more information about the Recreation District meetings, project history, and for news and updates, check the district’s web site: http://www.wecrd.org.  To contact the Recreation District’s Board of Directors, who will answer your questions and concerns promptly, you can submit questions or comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

HOW CAN I HELP?
You can help by advocating for the Y, volunteering your time during the fundraising campaign, or by making a gift to the capital campaign to help make the Mountain Home Family YMCA a reality.

Parent Category: WECRD General

REC DISTRICT UPDATE

A Public Forum for the Rec District will be June 29 at 5:30 PM in the MHHS Lloyd Schiller Gym. 

Fourteen architect firms submitted Statements of Qualifications to the WECRD for consideration by the Construction Task Force. After reviewing the fourteen statements, the CTF selected four firms to present a comprehensive plan for the development of a recreation facility to meet the needs of Mountain Home. Each of the four firms had an opportunity to meet with the CTF to display a design and be interviewed by the committee. After all four presentations, the CTF ranked the firms and presented their recommendation to the WECRD Board. The WECRD Board approved the recommendation, and the CTF entered into negotiations with LCA Architects to become the architect for the WECRD.

 

LCA Architects have considered all of the recommendations of the WECRD and YMCA as well as reviewing previous surveys of the community to design a recreation facility that responds to those needs and stays within the WECRD budget. The final design will be available for the public to view soon. After a cost has been projected, the Capital Campaign will begin, but the goal is yet to be determined.

 

The plan for approximately 25,000 sq. ft. with gyms, cardio/weight room, multipurpose room, game room, locker rooms, offices, and a child watch area is being designed with the budget of $4.8 million in mind.

 

The community support has been extraordinary, and the community recreation center for all ages is becoming a reality.
REC DISTRICT UPDATE

 

Since the end of 2013, the WECRD and YMCA have been working with members of the Mountain Home community to create a Construction Task Force (CTF) to select an architect for the proposed recreation facility.

 

Fourteen architect firms submitted Statements of Qualifications to the WECRD for consideration by the Construction Task Force. After reviewing the fourteen statements, the CTF selected four firms to present a comprehensive plan for the development of a recreation facility to meet the needs of Mountain Home. Each of the four firms had an opportunity to meet with the CTF to display a design and be interviewed by the committee. After all four presentations, the CTF ranked the firms and presented their recommendation to the WECRD Board. The WECRD Board approved the recommendation, and the CTF entered into negotiations with LCA Architects to become the architect for the WECRD.

 

LCA Architects have considered all of the recommendations of the WECRD and YMCA as well as reviewing previous surveys of the community to design a recreation facility that responds to those needs and stays within the WECRD budget. The final design will be available for the public to view soon. After a cost has been projected, the Capital Campaign will begin, but the goal is yet to be determined.

 

The plan for approximately 25,000 sq. ft. with gyms, cardio/weight room, multipurpose room, game room, locker rooms, offices, and a child watch area is being designed with the budget of $4.8 million in mind.

 

The community support has been extraordinary, and the community recreation center for all ages is becoming a reality.

 

Parent Category: WECRD General

WECRD’S David Freer Memorial "Let’s Play" Grant Program Awards Discontinued

Updated June 10, 2015

 


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The David Freer Memorial Let's Play grants have been an important part of the community outreach for the WECRD and, regretfully, are not funded at this time.  The WECRD Board is dedicating funds to the building of the YMCA recreation facility.  

When the grant program is resumed, all former recipients will be notified and the announcement will appear on this page.  For further information, please contact the office - 580-2377.

Parent Category: WECRD General

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