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 in 2014 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 $600,000 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 33,000 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 working through 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 $4.5 million of the total costs, which includes HUD grant monies that must be used by the end of 2015. Approximately $600,000 will be raised from the community.
HOW DO WE KNOW THE CONSTRUCTION COSTS ARE ACCURATE?
The project's construction costs were last estimated in January 2012 and will be updated later this year (2013) to ensure accuracy.
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.
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 $600,000 FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR CONSTRUCTION?
The feasibility study conducted in 2012 concluded that if community concerns were addressed, then raising $600,000 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 that the public could take full advantage of. 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
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?
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.
Let's Play Grant applications for 2014 are now available at the Rec District office, 245 E. 6th South. If you have previously received a grant, you must still complete an application for 2013. Recipients for 2013 must submit a report of your organization's use of the funds by December 31, 2013. Let's Play Board members are Dave Abrahamson, Doug Belt, and Nikki Markham. Please contact the Rec District office at 580-2377 for an application or further information.
WECRD’S David Freer Memorial "Let’s Play" Grant Program Awards Funds
to Nine Mtn. Home Youth Activity Organizations
The David Freer Memorial Let’s Play grant program was formed by the WECRD and David Freer as a way to help deserving sports programs for youth in the greater Mountain Home area. For 2013, the Board allocated $15,000 for grant funding for the Let’s Play program. A committee of local residents was formed to oversee the selection process for awarding grant applicants. The Let’s Play Board members for 2013 are Nikki Markham, David Abrahamson, and Doug Belt.
Nine youth activity organizations applied for the grants in 2013. After review of the applicants, the grant committee determined that all eight organizations met the criteria set forth in the application process. These organizations, with their combined efforts, have reached approximately 800 kids in the last year. The committee felt that all of the organizations that applied for the grants were in need of and deserving of financial assistance and that the distribution of the Let’s Play funds will assist these organizations in accomplishing their goals.
At the Februay 19, 2013 Special Board Meeting, the WECRD approved adopting the recommendations of the Let’s Play committee and awarded grants as follows:
These organizations will be required to prepare a final report to the WECRD on how the funds were used.