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WHAT THE RECREATION DISTRICT AND THE YMCA MEAN FOR MOUNTAIN HOME

  • Be a Positive Effect for Youth
  • Be an Economic Engine
  • Attract New Businesses
  • Encourage Military Families to Live in Mountain Home
  • Provide a Place to Connect with Friends
  • Create Community Pride
  • Offer Family Recreation Opportunities
 
 
    
 

For Immediate Release:

Leadership Groups Offers Matching Pledge for Donations to Mountain Home YMCA Construction

On March 11, a group of 7 community leaders announced that they will match one-for-one any leadership level gifts to the fundraising campaign to build a YMCA in Mountain.  The group has pledged up to $215,000 to match any new gifts made at the $10,000 level or higher.  These gifts will be made to the Western Elmore County Recreation Foundation and may only be used for the construction of Mountain Home’s recreation center.  This pledge of $215,000 is a major start for the capital campaign, which looks to bring in $850,000, the final amount needed for the project.  The donor group consists of each of the Western Elmore County directors as well as the newly formed capital campaign committee. 

Todd McCurry, Business owner and Co-Chair for the Capital Campaign Committee, said, “If you want to make a difference for this community, join us!  We will match your contribution and bring a state-of-the-art facility to our community.  More importantly, we’ll be bringing the programs and resources of the YMCA, which has an incredible history of strengthening communities through their emphasis on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.  I am proud to be one of the group that is ready to make this happen.”

Capital Campaign Co-Chair, Mark Hiddleston, also added that, “this is the perfect opportunity to give to the whole community not just one organization. This money will help benefit everyone not just one small group of people. This really is a benefit for the whole community even if someone never steps inside it.”

We hope you will follow all of the exciting announcements that we will be making regarding major donors stepping forward to help build Mountain Home’s new YMCA. If you haven’t already, please stop by and say “thank you” to the following individuals and businesses that are helping us make this dream a reality: Mountain Home Auto Ranch/McCurry Family, Hiddleston Family, Advanced Therapy Care/Jack and Rachelle Ruffing, David and Jana Borgholthaus, Family Dental Care, Johnson Brothers Hospitality, LLC., LPL Financial/Jack and Patti Walborn, Frank and Mollie Marsh, just to name a few. More announcements are coming soon, so stay tuned!

The Mountain Home Family YMCA will serve the community well. However, in order to complete this project, the full support of the entire community will be necessary. We are well on our way to a successful capital campaign, but we have a long way to go. We hope every member of our community will catch the vision and importance of this new YMCA facility. This new Y will literally and figuratively open new doors to our community.

 

 

Since the creation of the Western Elmore County Recreation District in 2000 with 60% of the vote, the Directors have worked tirelessly to do what the voters asked. To that end, the Directors have been dedicated to the WECRD Mission Statement: “The Western Elmore County Recreation District is dedicated to creating strong partnerships enabling the construction and operation of a safe and affordable year-round family recreation and community activities facility which will welcome all people and will enhance the health, well-being, and quality of life for all individuals and families. Investment in such a family and community oriented facility will change lives by providing an atmosphere which will enrich spirit, mind and body and will promote family and community cohesiveness. It will enhance the attractiveness of our community, thus encouraging families and businesses to locate and settle here; will provide economic spin-offs as recreation dollars are spent locally; will be a positive and proactive response to our growing and changing community."

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 BROKE 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 make their changes and returned them to LCA Architects 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.

 

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.

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.

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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The Western Elmore County Recreation District's mission is to promote the construction and operation of a year-round family recreation and community complex center.  This facility is to be located in Mountain Home, Idaho.  ...

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