West Ada partners up for YMCA, school campus

West Ada School District officials announced Thursday they are partnering with the local YMCA, the city and the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation to construct a multimillion-dollar campus in Meridian.

Linda Clark Nov 20

West Ada Superintendent Linda Clark speaks at Thursday’s announcement of the multimillion-dollar training campus.

The venture will be developed on about 22 acres of donated land situated close to the intersection of Amity and Eagle roads. Ideas get in touch with for constructing a new YMCA campus, an approximately 90,000-square-foot aquatic center, city park and a new elementary college serving the West Ada School District – the state’s biggest in terms of enrollment.

Landowners Marti Hill, Dixie Cook and David Turnbull donated land for the improvement, with the Albertson Basis donating $ four million in direction of the campus, President Jamie MacMillan mentioned.

West Ada Superintendent Linda Clark said the partnership will enable the district to deal with growth whilst saving income.

A new elementary school was included in the district’s $ 104 million bond problem that narrowly failed in August. Clark mentioned the internet site of the advancement had already been recognized as the exact same website in which the new elementary school would be located.

Employing donated land and sharing services, this kind of as a YMCA gymnasium, will decrease the amount taxpayers will be asked to contribute.

“It’s virtually immeasurable,” Clark stated of the assistance within the partnership. “Being capable to share facilities and provide expanded solutions will be outstanding.”

West Ada’s bond committee programs to recommend the district run the bond issue once more in March, with the partnership for the new elementary factored in.

“We hoped to have it open in the fall of 2016,” Clark explained. “Schools on the south side of the district are overcapacity. By the time it can be built… they will be even more overcrowded.”


Far more than a dozen young children from the YMCA attended the announcement, which calls for a new elementary school and South YMCA campus.

There is no expense or building timeline identified however for the entire campus, but Treasure Valley YMCA CEO Jim Everett said the Albertson Basis and the landowners expect it to be open by 2019. The YMCA parts of the campus could expense $ 20 million, according to a news release issued at Thursday’s announcement.

“We’re going to have to go out and perform hard on the fundraising side,” Everett mentioned, adding that arranging meetings will continue following week. “At the finish of the day, this has got to be the community’s facility.”

“If we hit it out of the park with fundraising, we could be in the ground this summer, and it’s about an 18-month building period,” he continued.

Cook and Hill, who donated the land with Turnbull, originally envisioned donating portions of their family farm for a new city park. Talks accelerated final 12 months and earlier this year following Turnbull, college district officials and Albertson Foundation leaders expressed curiosity and shared their collective visions.

The land had been in the family members since Hill’s grandfather arrived to homestead the acerage in 1891.

“What Dixe and Marti did to set this in movement is, I believe, a transformative task,” MacMillan stated. “It will be a wonderful spot to perform, to find out and expand.”

Disclosure: Idaho Training Information is funded through a grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Basis.

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