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TRAC group continues to hammer out details on planned athletic facility
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A group continues to work out the details on the planned Two Rivers Activity Center, prioritizing, adding, trimming and consolidating possible features and breaking down the costs of the project.

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If completed in its entirety, TRAC would include basketball courts, tennis courts, gymnastics facilities, child care and a fitness center, as well as swimming facilities.

“We essentially drilled down to some big-picture questions we needed to address to finalize our business plan,” said Amy Walters, a member of the TRAC Board of Directors.

Most recently, the TRAC group met to partition the project into pieces so that the costs and priority levels of each could be better determined. It is possible that only certain portions of the project would go forward. The pieces could also become part of a phased approach.

All of it remains tentative, however, Walters said.

Most likely, the main part of the project would cost about $26.8 million, which would include the main facility at about $20.5 million and the field house for about $6.3 million.

“What we’re wanting to do is to make sure we’re doing our due diligence — that we’re thinking about how to support the facility,” Walters said.

During a Thursday meeting, the TRAC group viewed a very preliminary breakdown of different parts of the project, as presented by Zerr Berg Architects.

Even throughout the meeting, various pieces of the project were moved back and forth, consolidated or altered, and none of the plans were definite.

The main facility would consist of an entryway and lobby, with a party room and snack bar/kitchenette, administration offices for TRAC personnel, fitness areas including cardio, weight training and group fitness, and locker rooms.

The main building would also include space for the YMCA child care facilities, as well as an indoor pool, steam room and sauna room, and a family/multi-use gymnasium.

The field house included space sized for three basketball courts, which would also be useable as six volleyball courts or five tennis courts.

Those two pieces would most likely form the central part of the TRAC plan.

However, there are other portions of the project as well.

The most expensive of the additional pieces is the sports bubble, which would be a large inflatable or fabric structure with field turf on the ground. Its cost was roughly estimated at $4.99 million.

An outdoor pool and aquatics area with water slides is tentatively estimated to cost about $1.16 million.

A gymnastics area would clock in at about $1.99 million.

A racquetball and climbing wall area is estimated at about $598,000.

Put together, the cost of the main project plus all of its pieces is currently estimated at about $36.4 million — a number which will almost certainly shift as architects consolidate and alter the features of the project.

“I see some areas, now that it’s laid out, where we can create even more efficiencies and shared use,” Walters said.

Initial discussions about the activity center began in 2004, and a TRAC group began meeting about monthly in 2008, Walters said.

By fall, the group hopes to have some concept drawings ready for the public, along with solid cost estimates and a business plan that would show how the project would be paid for.

At that time, the group will also look for more feedback from the public.

“We really want this facility to be a community gathering place and something for our community to be proud of,” Walters said. “We definitely want people’s input and feedback and we will be providing an opportunity for that.”

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at (701) 952-8453 or by email at klucin@jamestownsun.com

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Kari Lucin
Kari Lucin joined the Grand Forks Herald as a multimedia producer in August 2014. Previously, she worked for a few years at the Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., as a staff writer, and prior to that, for about six years as staff writer and later online content coordinator, at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing! or on Twitter at @karilucin.
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