Through the survey conducted in March of 2021 and information gathered through community engagement, we have created a document to help answer your questions! If you have anything to add, please contact us below!
The WCDC (Wahpeton Community Development Corporation) has been working diligently to develop the land located on the west edge of Wahpeton just south of Walmart. The development is called The Homestead and it is our plan that it will be the home of the rec center. The WCDC has verbally committed to donate 6.07 acres to the project.
Wahpeton and Breckenridge have a combined population of just over 11,000 people, not
including the surrounding area. Valley City, ND (Population 6,640) and Detroit Lakes, MN
(Population 9,197) both operate successful recreation/wellness facilities. Other Rec Centers
directors have told us that their facility has had a strong positive impact on their communities.
Our fundraising efforts will soon begin, and the naming rights and sponsorship opportunities will be available.
We are proposing that the construction of the rec center be paid for by a combination of a
local sales tax increase (3/4%), available grants, sponsorships and private donations. We
have reached out to some local businesses, and they have expressed excitement and have
said they will financially contribute to the project but would like to see the vote passed
before making any commitments. When the vote passes, a fundraising campaign will begin,
and all funds that are collected will help offset the cost of the project and it’s even possible
to expand the facility and it’s amenities with said funds.
We are engaging with experts in rec center operations to be sure that we fully understand
what operations will cost, and what the potential is for annual revenue. Other facilities in our region have been extremely helpful by sharing their budgets with us and answering any
questions we have. The Wahpeton Parks & Rec team are engaged in these discussions every
step of the way, as we recognize that they could play a critical role in such a facility.
We recognize the importance and impact such a facility would have on both communities. Because of the potential of tax dollars being used to at least partially fund the rec center, there are many layers and some limits to what a partnership can entail. Our committee wants to have as many conversations as possible with interested groups on both sides of the river, and currently all potential discussions regarding partnerships and collaborations are on the table and welcome.
It is our hope and understanding that this rec center will promote growth of the community which will benefit all local businesses. The survey confirmed for us that it is important to the residents that such a facility exist within our community but does not compete with local businesses. Our goal is to find solutions that will complement and enhance local businesses, not the contrary.
Our initial survey was designed to gather needs and wants within the community. The information gathered is being used to further explore the opportunities in each amenity and area of programming. Our intent was to list as many options possible and narrow down to what the budget would allow. The survey feedback allows us to take a more focused approach to the discussions surrounding both construction and ongoing operations.
The City of Wahpeton is researching multiple opportunities. If you have an opportunity that you would like the city to consider, please call Chris at 701-642-8448.
This concern has been brought up by many, and we know that there have been discussions with the DOT on how to address the crossing at 14th Avenue and the 210 bypass. At
this time there are no concrete answers, but it is our goal as well as the city of Wahpeton’s to make sure a reasonable and safe solution is decided upon, and we will advocate for that to happen.
With a YES vote, the next phases of design would begin for the facility immediately. It will take approximately 12-16 months to complete the design. It is our hope that the
infrastructure at 14th Avenue will be complete and ready for our rec center to break
ground no later than 2023. Construction would take approximately 12-18 months and we
could hope for a grand opening in 2024.
There are no clear-cut answers for this question. Future phases will depend on the
amount of private donations that the project receives and the success of the facility’s
operations. If the project receives a generous amount of private donations, the
programming planned for future phases could be incorporated into Phase I.
We hope that the community will promote this indoor amenity that increases the offerings and quality of life in Wahpeton. We will have options for all ages. Members/guests can do
things such as enjoy the walking track, actively play to elevate their heart rate, take art or
cooking classes, or meet in our gathering space for groups of many sizes. We want to
promote active lifestyles and provide a plethora of health and wellness options. Studies
have shown that increased activity helps reduce obesity and promotes well-being.
Our area sports programs will have an indoor option to enhance skills and drills all year long
with the safe and resilient surfaces of the turf and gymnasiums. Coaches will be able to
work the technical skills to increase performance on a state competition level. to this item.
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