Two Rivers Community Center has exceeded expectations in its first year since the doors opened Sept. 5, 2017, according to management.
"It's nice to have one year under our belt," said Amy Walters, TRAC facilities manager for Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department that operates TRAC.
TRAC had 3,815 memberships as of Sept. 14, which is 1,015 more than the 2,800 goal for year one, Walters said. There were 8,000 day passes during that time, showing TRAC is being used by people in the city and surrounding communities, she said.
The TRAC advisory committee looked at comparable facilities around North Dakota to set first-year goals, Walters said. Now with a year of operation the TRAC staff has a working history to more accurately plan everything from operations and programming to supplies, she said.
Walters said she believes the current fee structure is competitive and will remain in place along with promotions to help TRAC meet its second-year membership goal of 4,000, she said.
"We just had a special promotion and got 54 new memberships in one week," Walters said.
The $28.6 million first phase of the TRAC facility was funded by a 1 percent sales tax that was approved by Jamestown voters in June 2015.
The sales tax revenue paid against the bond to date is $5.96 million, according to Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department. The 28 monthly payments from June 15, 2016, through Aug. 27, 2018, average $238,500 per month.
Sarah Hellekson, Jamestown city administrator, said she can't speak to the annual local sales tax revenue before she took office earlier this year. She said local sales tax revenues for 2018 are at $1.6 million through August and are on target to meet the $2.4 million projected by year's end. Projections will likely be increased for 2019, she said.
Phase one included the aquatics center, a learning center and drop-off child care service, exercise equipment, group fitness classrooms, multi-use courts, an indoor turf field with inflatable cover, locker rooms and multipurpose rooms.
Membership of children ages 3 to 5 for the TRAC Learning Center was slow at the August 2017 opening, she said. The program has grown to 52 children in three classrooms this fall and a waiting list of babies waiting to join when they turn 3 years old, she said. There are also before- and after-school programs for children, she said.
TRAC hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. A multitude of people use different services and programs all day, Walters said
Working adults use the gym from 5 to 7:30 a.m. to meet fitness goals before starting the day, Walters said. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the senior citizens attend group classes and socialize at the coffee bar, she said.
After 4:30 p.m. families and people involved in the adult recreation programming come, she said. Athletes use TRAC for individual or small group elite training and specific enhancement of strength or skills, she said.
The planned $12 million phase two of TRAC includes an outdoor pool and outdoor playground, racquetball and wallyball and multi-use courts, a climbing wall and a family gymnasium, Walters said. The first $4 million raised toward the $12 million goal will go toward a $3 million outdoor pool and $1 million toward a $3 million endowment for capital improvement projects, she said.
The fundraising is ongoing, and to date TRAC phase two has secured over $971,000 in pledges and donations, Walters said. Work on the outdoor pool could start as soon as the first $4 million goal is reached, she said.