ELKO – Construction of a new recreation/aquatic and events center is now “in full swing” with an architect and contractor selected for the project, the Boys and Girls Club of Elko has announced.
In a press release issued on Thursday, Casey Gallagher, chairman of the board, said “The club is now fully engaged in the development of this project and has entered into an agreement with Meyers Anderson Architects for the design and Michael Clay Corporation for the new construction projects”.
“The Boys & Girls Club of Elko is committed to bringing a Recreation/Aquatic Center and Event Center to Elko to serve all residents of Elko County,” Gallagher said.
The announcement comes as the Elko City Council unanimously agreed to proceed with construction of the facilities on December 13, determining the extent of the transportation of the land that includes the Kump Field, the Herrera Softball Field and the skate park.
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The ball fields will be moved to the Sports Center of the City of Elko “and before the new Centers are put into operation”, stated Gallagher.
Three fields will be clay and one will be constructed to accommodate competitive play by high school baseball teams. In general, the Sports Center will have six ball fields when finished.
Gallagher stated that the project “will not affect the lands currently located around the centers, Basque House, Head Start of Northeastern Nevada, Trontel Field or Stout Field.”
He also explained that funding for the project will not be passed on to local residents as a result of a private-public partnership between the Boys and Girls Club and the City of Elko and Elko County, citing a statistic from the National League of Cities advocacy group. .
“There will be no increase in taxes by the City of Elko or Elko County to pay for these buildings,” Gallagher said. “The League of Cities reports that public-private partnerships have increased dramatically over the past decade with more than $36 trillion in collaborative projects, saving taxpayers 20%.”
The new center and pool will be open to “the whole community,” Gallagher said.
“Individuals are not required to be members of the Boys & Girls Club to attend facilities, events or programs. The club will make them available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.”
In keeping with letters of intent from the city and the Elko County Commission, a project oversight committee has been formed to “ensure transparency and oversight of the project by elected officials, government leaders, stakeholders and business leaders,” Gallagher added.
“The minutes of these discussions will be sent to the City Council, County Commission, Boys & Girls Club, Elko County Fair Board and Silver State Stampede Commission after each meeting,” he stated.
Citizens will also be invited to committee meetings as the project progresses.
“Community meetings will continue to be held to give each individual an opportunity to know what amenities should be included,” Gallagher said.
For information, visit the Club’s website at bgcelko.org, or call 775-738-2759.