The Woodgate Master Plan process is now complete and I believe we’ve put forth the strongest Community Rec. Center (CRC) plan Montrose has seen. Hopefully, you and voters agree. Thanks to the efforts of all those involved: the MRD Board of Directors, the Citizen and Partner Advisory Panel, the MRD staff, the public and the project team (which consists of Julee Wolverton, Landscape Architect, John Eloe, Architect, John Barnholt with GreenPlay and Chuck Musgrave with Barker Rinker Seacat.
Since Measure A fell short almost 2 years ago now (2372 yes votes to 2943 no votes), MRD has been working hard to make the CRC plan stronger. One of the biggest criticisms (which was quite valid, in my opinion) was that MRD lacked a site for the facility. We responded by purchasing 26 acres at Woodgate and Ogden in December for less than $300,000. Other efforts include sharing services with the City of Montrose, which adds another $100,000 per year to the MRD capital savings. This total is now approximately $800,000 in annual resources, money that is available every year to pay a substantial portion of the future CRC debt service. Lastly, we’ve assembled a new financing plan that emphasizes going after grants in conjunction with the newly formed Montrose Recreation Foundation and pursuing partnerships to further bridge the gap in funding.
For example, the CRC has approval from the State of Colorado as an Enterprise Zone Contribution Project. This means donors to the CRC are eligible for State Tax Credits for cash or in-kind donations made to the Montrose Rec. District under the guidelines of the Enterprise Zone. Therefore, in addition to deductions that donors are already eligible to claim on Federal returns, individuals who pay Colorado State Income Tax also become eligible for an Enterprise Zone Tax Credit on their State Tax Return. To make a donation, please contact Ken or Lorie at 249.7705.
After seven months of effort, and over 50 site plan versions, MRD has completed the Woodgate Master Plan. This process morphed into a Facilities Master plan since it not only included plans for the CRC at the Woodgate site, but it also covered the conversion of the current Aquatic Center into an Indoor Turf Field House for sports such as soccer as well as a site plan for the current Holly Park. This site plan became necessary when it was recommended that the four Holly Park tennis courts be re-located and re-built on the Woodgate site.
The site development has been broken up into phases, in response to citizen input. Please see below for the site map.
- Phase 1 is the CRC at Woodgate. Upon opening, MRD then would renovate the existing facility into a Field House.
- Phase 2 will add in the trails by pursuing a trails grant through Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
- Phase 3 will add in many outdoor recreation components such as pickle ball courts, tennis courts and lighted basketball courts with a Great Outdoors Colorado Grant.
- Phase 4 is everything else, with the full build out. This will happen 10-25 years into the future as community need dictates and as grant opportunities afford.
Despite the extensive planning with the Facilities Master Plan that will provide space and a plan for future growth to meet the needs of the community, MRD is still squarely focused on the highest unmet need: the CRC. To complete this phase 1, a ballot initiative is likely. For the latest on the status of this effort and for information on how to get involved, visit www.montroserec.com. Questions, please contact Ken at 249.7705 or document.write('ksherbenou'+'@'+'montroserec.com')" originalPath="http://montroserec.com/admin/e-mail" originalAttribute="href">.
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