I want to thank the people of Mountain Home for their continued support of the Western Elmore County Recreation District (WECRD). I have had an overwhelming number of people throughout the district contact me to say that they appreciate us continuing what we have been commissioned to do — that is, to build a recreation center, debt free.
Also, the third-party surveys that were necessary in order to confidently move forward confirmed that this was being done in the most feasible way possible. Like many, I wish this had gone faster; it would have made my life easier. This is a fairly typical time frame seen in other communities for similar projects.
I am grateful for the fortitude of the other directors and staff. I am especially thankful for the direction given by the YMCA. The leaders that we have had the privilege to work with have been amazing. Our Treasure Valley Y is recognized nationwide, and we are lucky to be a part of this network. The Y believes every child is a child of promise and deserves the opportunity to discover what they can achieve. Statistically where Y programs have been implemented with youths they have seen:
• An increase in health and nutrition, an increase in high school graduates and college-bound teens.
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• Better conflict resolution and less crime and violence.
• Lower numbers in school dropouts and teen pregnancy.
Who wouldn’t want this for Mountain Home? The programs will benefit families, adults and our seniors, which will help our community thrive. Mountain Home Air Force Base employees will be encouraged to settle here, and businesses will see increased revenue and help increase the value of our property.
It will be a hub of activity and socializing. This is an exciting time for our community. We are leaving a legacy that will live on beyond any of our years. We will never regret this decision. If you have questions or concerns, visit the website wecrd.org or schedule a time when we can sit down together and get you the information you need. (208-580-2377)
As some may have heard, we have sent this out to bid. Now is the time to step forward and show support. There are naming opportunities throughout the building. How fun would that be to see a space or room named after your family? We invite local contractors and subcontractors to come forward with generous competitive bids and become part of this legacy for our city. We will be opening bids Monday at 3 p.m., and meetings are open to the public, as always.
I thank you again for the ongoing encouragement and invite all of you to learn more and join this worthwhile endeavor.
For more information on the Y, contact Keyra Elmo, Mountain Home Y Development Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Jana Borgholthaus is the president of the board of directors at Western Elmore County Recreation District in Mountain Home.