Community center gets spotlight

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

FAIRMONT — Is a community center in Fairmont a feasible project? If so, what components should be included so the facility is sustainable and successful?

Gathering information to answer those questions encompassed most of the day for Jeff King of Ballard*King and Associates, a Colorado-based firm hired by the Project 1590 community center committee. The company specializes in recreational facility planning.

Throughout the day, King held hour-long sessions at Southern Minnesota Education Campus for a cross section of residents: senior and retired citizens; city, county and school officials; business leaders; athletic associations; Chamber of Commerce and Visit Fairmont representatives; non-profits and volunteers; the Fairmont Hockey Association; and representatives of local fitness businesses. He looked to the various groups to gather information in three areas: demographic data and statistics; existing leisure and recreational opportunities in Fairmont; and determining the needs and gaps in those opportunities.

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