YMCA Pursuing Lease Of City-Owned Archery Building

YMCA Pursuing Lease Of City-Owned Archery Building

The Johnson County Family YMCA is interested in leasing the city-owned indoor archery building to be able to offer more programs for its members.

YMCA Director Mike Quast spoke to the City Council during their meeting Tuesday evening to ask if the city would lease the building to the “Y” and allow them to renovate the building.
Quast said the “Y” already has a “substantial amount of funding” in place for renovations.

YMCA Youth Director Shanda Wright told the council they are running out of space and the archery building would be an opportunity for more exercise programs and arts and crafts classes with storage at the facility. The location, she said, would also be perfect for hosting sledding events on high school hill and other community events.

Councilman Dave Long asked for more details on their funding.

Although the YMCA is not asking for funding from the city, Quast said they may approach the city for some “in-kind” services, such as tree removal, parking lot grading or other work on the building or grounds instead of cash. The YMCA will take care of the other expenses, he said.

The building, located across W. Angus Street from the outdoor pool, is currently being used for storage of the Kiwanis' Christmas lights, and Quast said he had spoken to some in the organization and that they would be willing to look into another area to store their lights.

The council approved the YMCA to continue with the renovation efforts, the city to retain ownership of the archery building, that the YMCA would provide funding for the renovations, and the city would then enter into a long-term lease agreement with them to use the facility.


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