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What is the Community Recreation Center Feasibility Study?
Why is it being conducted?


What is the Community Recreation Center Feasibility Study?
Why is it being conducted?


The Upper Kittitas County (UKC) region doesn’t currently have a community center or public recreation facility. Rather than jumping straight into designing and building a new community center, this feasibility study will:

  • Identify programs and features that would meet the needs and interests of the community
  • Estimate costs of designing, building, maintaining, and operating a community center
  • Determine if a community recreation center is desired, feasible, and worth pursuing

Read more in the FAQ

Who is conducting this feasibility study?


Who is conducting this feasibility study?


The Upper Kittitas County Community Recreation Center Alliance (UKC CRCA) is a newly formed nonprofit established to evaluate the feasibility of a center and, if the answer is yes, design it, construct it, and plan for ongoing maintenance and operations.

Our Vision
“Uniting our community to create a responsible, sustainable, inclusive facility that delivers the services, recreation opportunities, and programs that our community values.”

Meet the UKC CRCA Team

  • Claire Hein Nicholls | Shoemaker Foundation | Board Chair
  • Melissa Becker | Shoemaker Foundation
  • Gary Berndt | City of Cle Elum; Upper Kittitas County Rotary; Washington State DNR (retired)
  • Gina Harris | Resident
  • Marc Kirkpatrick | Upper Kittitas County Rotary; Cle Elum Downtown Association
  • Michelle Kuss-Cybula | Cle Elum-Roslyn School District
  • Andrew Lyons | HopeSource
  • Jay McGowan | City of Cle Elum
  • Tom Missel | City of Roslyn
  • Bill Vertrees | Leader of facilities design and construction for two large Washington universities. Retired.

Frequently Asked Questions


This process is being led by the Upper Kittitas County Community Recreation Center Alliance (UKC CRCA) with support from the City of Cle Elum, City of Roslyn, the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District, and the Shoemaker Foundation.

The Upper Kittitas Community Recreation Center Alliance (UKC CRCA) is a new non-profit organization located in Kittitas County. The UKC CRCA was formed specifically to assess the feasibility of a community recreation center, determining what the community would like to see built, and coordinating the design and construction of a facility if it is found to be desired and feasible. The UKC CRCA’s first step has been to commission a feasibility study to gauge interest in a potential recreation center.

Members of the UKC CRCA team include:

  • Claire Hein Nicholls | Shoemaker Foundation | Board Chair
  • Melissa Becker | Shoemaker Foundation
  • Gary Berndt | City of Cle Elum; Upper Kittitas County Rotary; Washington State DNR
  • Gina Harris | Resident
  • Marc Kirkpatrick | Upper Kittitas County Rotary; Cle Elum Downtown Association
  • Michelle Kuss-Cybula | Cle Elum-Roslyn School District
  • Andrew Lyons | HopeSource
  • Jay McGowan | City of Cle Elum
  • Tom Missel | City of Roslyn
  • Bill Vertrees | Leader of facilities design and construction for two large Washington universities. Retired.

The Upper Kittitas County (UKC) region does not currently have a community center or public recreation facility. Rather than jumping straight into designing and building a new community center, this feasibility study will:
 

  • Identify programs and features that would meet the needs and interests of the community
  • Estimate costs of designing, building, maintaining, and operating a community center
  • Determine if a community recreation center is desired, feasible, and worth pursuing

A community recreation center is not being built at this time. The UKC CRCA is conducting a feasibility study with support from a consultant team with relevant expertise to determine if a community recreation center is desired, economically feasible, and worth pursuing. If the feasibility indicates that the answer is “Yes”, we will then proceed with detailed design, fundraising, and construction.

In late 2020, a 12.2-acre parcel of land near the Cle Elum-Roslyn schools and a commitment for $4 million were secured from Suncadia. The UKC CRCA engaged a consultant team to conduct a feasibility study in July 2021.

Our goal is to give every resident of Upper Kittitas County the opportunity to learn about and provide input to the feasibility study. We will provide several forums for doing so, including community surveys (online and paper), in-person tabling and conversations at community events, and community meetings. We would like to learn about people’s interests and priorities and want to hear from visitors as well as residents.

A community recreation center could include indoor and outdoor uses and community programs and services. This could include space for events and meetings, recreation classes, training rooms and sports courts, a pool, or multipurpose rooms. A primary focus of the feasibility study is to identify community interests and priorities.

The feasibility study and information gathering supporting the study will take up to 9 months and will conclude in winter 2022. A timeline for the feasibility study is shown below. If the feasibility indicates that the answer is “Yes”, we will then proceed with detailed design, fundraising, and construction.

Our approach combines engagement with stakeholders and members of the community with quantitative and qualitative research. We would like to learn about people’s interests and priorities and understand underlying financial conditions that may support or challenge a potential community recreation center.

One of the outcomes from the feasibility study will be a funding plan with several options. We will seek input from the community on the funding plan and what options are preferred. Our goal is to construct a facility with minimal cost to the community (using private donations and grants to the extent possible), and ask the community to fund the maintenance and operation of the facility. Sources of maintenance and operation funding might include a combination of usage fees, property taxes, excise taxes on real estate sales, etc. We will have more options to share at the end of the feasibility study.

We are exploring the feasibility of building a community recreation center that would first and foremost meet the recreation and community needs of local residents. That is our primary goal. That being said, user fees from visitors can provide an important source of funding for maintenance and operations. One of the goals of the feasibility study is to identify and define how visitors might use the facility and what revenue they might contribute towards maintenance and operations. Again, we will present these different funding options to the members of our community to consider and provide input on.

In 2002, the City of Cle Elum and what is now Suncadia entered into a Development Agreement for Bullfrog Flats. One of many components of that Development Agreement was for Suncadia to donate 12 acres of land (located off Bullfrog Road near the schools) and certain amenities, expressly for a community center. In 2020, the City of Cle Elum and Suncadia reached an agreement regarding this long-standing obligation which provided for the transfer of 12 acres (almost complete) and contribution of $4 million in funding. So far, $400,000 has been received by the City of Cle Elum and is currently being used to fund the feasibility study. The funds remaining after the feasibility study, plus another $1.6 million due December 31, 2021, will be used toward detailed architectural design and construction. The final $2 million will be paid upon completion of a certain number of residential units in Bullfrog Flats. The $4 million is not, and was never intended to be enough to build and maintain a community center. The land and initial funding provide us with a substantial basis for securing additional donations and grants. However, additional funding will need to be raised.

No, this project is not connected to the 47 Degrees North development. This is a completely separate process that is being led by theUpper Kittitas County Community Recreation Center Alliance (UKC CRCA)with support from the City of Cle Elum, City of Roslyn, the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District, and the Shoemaker Foundation.

A community recreation center could includeindoor and outdoor uses andcommunity programs and services. This could include space for events and meetings, recreation classes, trainingroomsand sports courts,a pool,ormultipurpose rooms.A primary focus of the feasibility study is to identify community interests and priorities.

Yes, there have been previous efforts around a community center. While those haven’t been successful, there’s been continued interest to create an amenity for residents. This effort is really focused on understanding community interest and priorities and determining if a community recreation center is feasible. The current phase is a feasibility study to answer those questions. There is also a 12.2-acre parcelof landnearthe Cle Elum-Roslyn schoolsand a commitment for $4 millionweresecured from Suncadia.

We are starting with a feasibility study. Rather thanjumping straightintodesigning and building anewcommunity center we want to identifyprograms andfeaturesthatwouldmeet the needsand interestsof thecommunity;estimatecostsof designing,building, maintaining,and operatinga community center; anddetermineifa community recreation center is desired, feasible, and worth pursuing.

Get Involved


Get Involved


There are several ways to get involved. You can:

  • Take the survey to help us understand what kind of community center would best serve communities in Upper Kittitas County.
  • Sign up to receive project updates
  • Support the UKC CRCA by donating time, treasure, or talent. Contact us at [email protected]