Press Release from Montrose Recreation District on 4/4/14
The staff and Board of the Montrose Recreation District (MRD) would like to extend our gratitude to the community. ‘Thank you Montrose’ is our mantra. MRD is honored to build and manage the Community’s Recreation Center.
“It is our sincere hope all will enjoy and feel welcome at Montrose’s Community Recreation Center”, Executive Director Ken Sherbenou declared. “While the efforts of the citizen’s group and all supporters are acknowledged and appreciated, this facility, along with the Field House,belongs to the community; they will be built for all to enjoy”.
The CRC is projected to open in late 2016, at which time the current indoor pool at the Aquatic Center will be converted into an indoor turf field. The remaining portions of the current Aquatic Center including the multi-purpose rooms, lobby and outdoor pool, slide and splash pad will remain in operation.
As for next steps in the coming months, MRD will be doing the following, among other things:
• Launching the Capital Campaign. We are working to meet the goal of $1.3 million of the project budget that we promised to achieve in grants and fundraising. MRD, and our partner in capital fundraising, the Montrose Recreation Foundation (MRF), kept in close
contact with foundations during the planning process and campaign. These organizations have a history of supporting Recreation Center construction. MRD and MRF will be submitting grant requests to the Gates Family Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation,
the Daniel’s Fund, the Boettcher Foundation, El Pomar and the Department of Local Affairs, among others. Locally, we’ll continue fundraising from businesses, individuals and approach the Montrose Community Foundation.
• Pursuing grants to add in outdoor amenities. Regarding outdoor facilities, we’ll attempt to leverage the appraised value of the Woodgate and Ogden land as match in a grant to either Great Outdoors Colorado or Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Although the land was purchased
for $299,888 in 2012, the value is $390,000, which can be counted as match as long as a grant is awarded by December 2015.
• Moving forward with the financing of the project. We will continue work with our municipal finance partner, George K. Baum & Company, to issue the Certificates of Participation (COPs) that will fund the project. This includes receiving a credit rating and then selling the
COPs in 4-6 weeks. We’ll make an extra effort to target local individuals to purchase MRD COPs, which will be available in denominations of $5000.
• Line up professionals to complete the final design and then build the project. MRD has been working with the architectural firm Barker Rinker Seacat, who supported the creation of the CRC and Woodgate Master Plan. Additionally, other professionals will be selected in the coming months including the general contractor. It will be a priority to engage local firms where possible and cost-effective.
• Appoint a Citizen CRC Oversight Committee. The Board will select local experts and citizens to help guide the process of implementing the CRC plan. This group will advise the Board. Invitations will be sent by MRD in the coming weeks and interested individuals should
contact Ken Sherbenou at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Continued communication and future community meetings. Over the next several months, MRD will hold community engagement meetings to complete the final design. At this point, the conceptual design is finished but we’ll need continued public input to share with the
Board to help in making decisions related to the final design. Additionally, MRD will provide updates on the project’s progression in our monthly newsletter, seasonal activity guide, at www.montroserec.com and through regular communication via media outlets.
Additional information may be found at www.montroserec.com or by calling Executive Director Ken Sherbenou at 249.7705.