Wellness Center Plans Unveiled

Residents filled the Hi-Liner Activity Center to learn more about a proposed wellness center Wednesday.

Architects unveiled plans for the $16 million center, which would likely be located on Eighth Avenue Southwest near the Bubble, and would include gymnasiums/open space, an aquatic center, a fitness area with an indoor track, child care area and office and classroom space.

Valley City Parks and Recreation would spearhead the project, with Valley City State University and Mercy Hospital as partners.

Funding for the proposed project would come from a variety of sources including a challenge grant and activities fees from the college, funds from Mercy Hospital, and private and public donations. In addition, the Valley City Parks and Recreation board proposed extending the 1 percent sales tax put in place to fund the HAC to provide project funds along with funding for permanent flood protection. The item could be placed on the November ballot allowing residents to decide whether to build the facility.
More details on the proposed project will appear in Friday's Times-Record.