What, Where & When…What?
A multi-purpose, inter-generational Community Center is planned for the Holmen Area. The volunteer group working on this project spent several years gathering information and exploring building sites and design alternatives. Area stakeholders have given input and have been kept informed through media coverage, presentations to civic and churchgroups, and dialogue with municipal leaders.
Community goals include a focus on Nutrition, Wellness and Connectedness by:
• Keeping youth safe and involved
• Providing seniors/adults accessible spaces for gathering
• Offering families a place to spend quality time together
• Bringing generations together to share their gifts
This 16,000-sq. ft. Community Center will provide attractive multi-purpose spaces for:
Gatherings & Meetings: Multi-purpose rooms (with flexible dividers to expand or reduce space) can accommodate area groups, lectures, poetry readings, teen center programs and other cultural events. The large area can accommodate civic gatherings, small wedding receptions and other social events.
Recreation & Fitness (Phase 2): A full-size gymnasium with a walking track is planned for community use, such as athletic leagues for adults and adolescents, teen center activities, exercise, yoga and dance classes, etc.
Youth Activities: A teen center will offer a safe, positive place for young people to gather after school, in the evenings and in the summer. Academics,
music, technology, arts/crafts, exercise, leadership, career development, nutrition and communication skills will be the foundation for these activities.
Senior Adult programs: Nutrition and exercise; musical performances; bridge, dominoes, euchre and board games; tutoring and reading; travel and
educational lectures, etc.
The five-acre Community Center which will be located on McHugh Road, highly visible, in close proximity to both Holmen Middle School and Holmen High School and is easily accessible for all citizens. Parking is planned for 105 vehicles and a drop-off/pick-up area will provide safe access for all patrons. Considerable adjacent land is available for acquisition and future facilities expansion.
The building design and permits will be complete in the spring of 2018 and ground breaking will be when all funding have been secured. Construction and furnishings for phase 1 are expected to cost right around $3 million. As of September 1, 2016, $2.4 million has been donated and/or pledged thus far, including numerous in-kind gifts of building materials and skilled labor donated by local contractors with strong ties to the area.
The actual date upon which construction can begin will be determined by the progress of the area-wide fundraising campaign now underway, seeking tax-deductible contributions from individuals, families, business, civic groups