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March 1, 2017

County to consider 10-year facility lease agreement with the Skagit Valley Family YMCA on March 7
Local basketball teams will have the chance to play their games on a brand-new, NCAA-sized court for the next 10 years thanks to an innovative facility lease agreement between Skagit County and the Skagit Valley Family YMCA.

The Skagit County Board of Commissioners, Parks and Recreation Director Brian Adams, and representatives from the Y will consider signing the 10-year facility lease agreement at a ceremony set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the Commissioners Hearing Room.

“It’s more important than ever to keep our kids healthy and active – and what better way to do that than with access to a state-of-the-art gym and facility space?” Adams said. “We’re excited for the possibilities of growing our youth sports program and having more than enough room to get our local kids engaged in healthy, fun activities.”

According to the terms of the agreement, the County will pay the Y $600,000 over the course of four years, beginning in 2017 and ending in 2020, to secure leased space for sports programs and tournaments run by the Parks and Recreation Department. The lease includes an optional five-year extension, which would allow County use of the facility for up to 15 years. 

The County’s parks department currently leases space for youth sports programs – such as basketball and volleyball teams – from local school districts. Scheduling County youth programs around school sports often proves challenging for the County and districts. There are more youth sports programs than available space.

“A new YMCA has been a dream of this community for the past 30 years,” Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt said. “It’s wonderful to see what we can accomplish in this community when we all work together. The new YMCA will be a great asset for our youth and families, and I couldn’t be more pleased that Skagit County is a part of making it all happen.”

Building a culture of health is important to Skagit County Parks and the Commissioners. A recent study found that 17 percent of 10th graders are considered overweight, and only 32 percent are moderately physically active. Building a strong partnership with the Y would allow for more affordable options for health and fitness in the community.
When complete in 2019, the new 60,000 square-foot Y will include a NCAA regulation size basketball court that allows two full-size side courts, a 4,500 square-foot indoor running track, aquatic center, and several community and multipurpose rooms. The Skagit Valley Family YMCA has a 105-year history in Skagit County, including 75 years providing a community pool.

Find more information about the new Skagit Valley Family YMCA online at http://www.letsbuildit2019.org/. For more information about Skagit County Parks programs, visit www.skagitcounty.net/parks or contact Brian Adams, briana@co.skagit.wa.us or 360-416-1356