HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT?
Questions can be directed to Bret Salscheider, CEO, at [email protected] or via phone at 715-818-6020.
Q & A about the New Adams County YMCA Express Center
Many questions have surfaced over the past month since the John E Alexander South Wood County YMCA (SWC YMCA) announced their plans to expand programs and services in Adams County through the development of a new Adams County YMCA Express Center. We sit down with Bret Salscheider, Chief Executive Officer of the South Wood County YMCA to learn more.
WHAT WILL THIS PROJECT MEAN IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY IMPACT?
This project will be a catalyst for enabling and promoting healthy living for children, adults and families within our community. It will ensure that all, regardless of age and socio economic background, have access to world class, life changing health & wellbeing programming and services. Together, we are committed to increasing our capacity to meet that need and will strive to make Adams County one of the healthiest places to live.
WHERE IS THE PROJECT BEING LOCATED?
The project will be located at the corner of Park and Cedar Streets in the town of Adams.
WHY THIS LOCATION?
The location is in the heart of the community and makes the new facility easily accessible to all in the greater Adams County region.
The location has many assets that benefit the project and the community. Benefits include:
· Being centrally located
· High accessibility and visibility
· Adjacent to Burt Morris Park
· Access to biking and walking trails
· Supports strong community linkages and program opportunities with the Adams County Community Center, Mid State Technical College and the Adams-Friendship Middle School.
· Generates a central hub and gathering space for children, adults and families.
In 2017, the YMCA conducted a market feasibility study that tested two possible options: Burt Morris Park area and the Adams Industrial Park. Both locations were viewed very favorably by respondents.
It is our view that this site location will optimize accessibility, visibility for residents in Adams County and align strongly with key community priorities of attracting & retaining young people/families, openness to new ideas, strengthening the economy and access to recreation.
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR CONSTRUCTION AND COMPLETION?
Assuming that our community capital campaign is successful, we are anticipating a late spring groundbreaking with construction occurring over the summer months. The new YMCA would open for operation by November 2020. We will continue to update you and the public as we work through the process.
HOW BIG IS THE NEW FACILITY? WHAT IS BEING PLANNED?
The proposed project will be approximately 6,000 – 8,000 SF. The proposed new facility will include a state of the art wellness center, multi-purpose room, group exercise studio and drop-in childcare area. Final project plans will be shared with the community once our initial planning phases are complete.
ARE YOU BUILDING A NEW POOL? WHY OR WHY NOT?
No. Due to the large cost of constructing as well as the annual operating costs, a pool is not financially achievable at this time. Constructing and operating a pool has 3 main costs associated – the cost to construct, cost to operate and cost to replace. As an example, a 4 lane indoor lap pool will cost approximately $4 million dollars to construct and approximately $180,000 to operate annually. Unfortunately, it is economically not viable at this time.
This was further supported through an independent market feasibility study conducted in 2017. Although it was identified as a community want, the data concluded that there would not be enough residents in Adams County to support a pool through membership at the $65/month fee needed in order to operate it annually.
HOW MUCH IS THE PROJECT AND/OR HOW MUCH MONEY WILL NEED TO BE RAISED?
The total project cost is estimated to be $1.3 million dollars. We have raised over $1.1 million toward the project and relying on the community to help us reach our goal by March 31st.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN?
You can have a huge impact in supporting the project and our community through a charitable contribution of any size. Funds raised in the community phase will support the new center and the long term sustainability and growth that will include a dynamic and inclusive gathering place that will foster healthy lifestyles and positive relationships for everyone in the community. Making a donation will make a huge impact in supporting the project and the community with a charitable contribution of any size. Individuals can make a one-time gift or conveniently spread out payments over three years.
Contributions can be made to the Adams County YMCA project and mailed to the South Wood County YMCA, 211 Wisconsin River Drive, Port Edwards, WI 54469 or dropped off at Adams Community Bank.
WHAT NEW PROGRAMS AND SERVICES WILL THE Y PROVIDE AS A RESULT OF THE PROJECT?
A portfolio of programs and services will be deployed by staff and volunteers based upon community needs. Initially, youth and adult wellness, sports and family programs will be offered.
We plan to address a spectrum of health and wellness issues, including youth obesity, cancer-survivor program, diabetes prevention, nutrition counseling, weight management, corporate wellness and behavioral health as well as preventative care services.
WILL MY MEMBERSHIP PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE Y FACILITIES IN SOUTH WOOD COUNTY?
Yes. Members of the Adams County YMCA will have full reciprocity and membership benefits to the YMCA in South Wood County as well as any YMCA in the country through nationwide membership.