City Council has approved a long-term agreement with the Lethbridge YMCA to operate ATB Centre-Phase 2 when the new leisure facility opens in 2019.
The YMCA will provide scheduled and drop-in programming for all Phase 2 elements which include a major aquatics centre, a multi-sport field house, indoor track, gymnasiums, a fitness centre, child care centre, an indoor playground and other amenities.
The initial term of the agreement is for 40 years and nine months, commencing April 1, 2019, and includes a provision for two additional 15-year extensions. Under the financial terms of the agreement, the City of Lethbridge will provide initial operating support during the first four years while the YMCA will contribute $2.55 million toward capital and equipment costs for the new 256,000-square-foot facility, which adjoins ATB Centre-Phase 1. The agreement was approved by the Lethbridge YMCA Board of Directors earlier this month.
"We're extremely pleased to have the YMCA on board as an operating partner for this tremendous new leisure facility," says Councillor Rob Miyashiro, who chairs the ATB Centre Project Steering Committee. "This agreement is built on trust, respect and a mutual commitment to meeting the needs of our community."
Operating support from the City will decrease annually over the first four years of the agreement as the facility moves toward increased cost recovery, starting at $2.19 million in 2019, then decreasing to $1.39 million in 2020, $843,000 in 2021 and $286,000 in 2022. The YMCA's contribution includes $1.55 million toward fitness equipment, $750,000 toward capital costs and $250,000 for a freestanding outdoor event sign.
"The Cor Van Raay YMCA deeply appreciates the relationship we've had the opportunity to build with the City as we have worked toward the finalization of this agreement. Additionally, we are thrilled to be able to further our impact in Lethbridge and to continue to build a healthier community with the opening of this leisure facility in 2019," says Jennifer Petracek-Kolb, CEO of the Lethbridge Cor Van Raay YMCA.
In 2015, the steering committee considered a variety of operating model options and determined that the optimal model would have the twin arenas and curling facility within ATB Centre-Phase 1 be operated by the City of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Curling Club, respectively, while a third party with expertise in aquatics and recreational wellness programs would operate Phase 2. In a subsequent process to select a third-party operator for ATB Centre-Phase 2, the YMCA was the highest evaluated proponent.
Gerald Gauthier, Communications Consultant
City of Lethbridge