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The civic center in Boerne Texas would house a YMCA recreation center under a plan the city and the Y are negotiating Photo courtesy City of Boerne
<p>The civic center in Boerne, Texas, would house a YMCA recreation center under a plan the city and the Y are negotiating. (<em>Photo courtesy City of Boerne</em>)</p>

San Antonio Suburb Wants YMCA to Move Recreation Center to City's Civic Center

Boerne, Texas, is negotiating to lease its underutilized civic center to the YMCA of Greater San Antonio.

The YMCA of Greater San Antonio and the city of Boerne, Texas, are in negotiations to have the Y lease the city's civic center and operate a recreation center there.

The city has been operating the facility at a deficit for several years and has been looking for more cost-effective uses. The YMCA is looking for a new location in Boerne because the lease on its existing facility is set to expire in 2017, and the space is no longer adequate to keep up with the needs of its membership.

"It's a win-win for everyone," said Pamela Bransford, public relations coordinator for Boerne.

At a city council meeting in June, Assistant City Manager Jeff Thompson presented a summary of the proposal.

The city would lease the civic center, which has an appraised value of $1.59 million, to the Y for 25 years at $1 per year. Boerne also would pay the Y a maintenance fee of $50,000 per year for the first five years of the agreement and $25,000 per year for the next five years.

The Y would establish a rec center, co-branded with the city, at the facility, pay for expansion, and pay for day-to-day operations and maintenance of the site. The rec center would have discounted rates for Boerne residents and would have special rates for city employees as part of the city’s Healthy Initiative Program. The city would work with the Y to cross-promote programs and avoid duplication of services.

The city would be given occasional access to the facility for city functions--up to five times a year for the main gym floor and up to 20 times a year for smaller meeting space.

Bransford said negotiations to finalize an agreement are expected to take several weeks.

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