First $650,000 in
Express Staff Writer
everything goes as planned, Ketchum could have a huge new recreation
facility by next fall.
like to break ground at this time next summer and open next fall,"
said Janss Center fund-raising advisor Steve Marshall, of the proposed
center that would feature ice skating, swimming, rock climbing and a
gymnasium at the corner of Warm Springs and Saddle roads.
of the Janss Center board and their financial planners presented an
aggressive fundraising and construction schedule June 19 to Ketchum
citizens attending a town hall meeting at the city’s American Legion
schedule includes a local public awareness campaign this summer and
regional fundraising this fall. By spring, the campaign is scheduled to
open up as a community-wide effort, said Campaign Director Mike Wolter.
already, the Janss Center has raised $650,000 toward an $8 million goal,
which would constitute approximately half of the facility’s
slick campaign video featuring Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling, Sun
Valley Co. General Manager Wally Huffman and the widow of former Sun
Valley owner Bill Janss, Glenn Janss, the Janss Center campaign is
preparing to kick into high gear.
very confident," Wolter said. "We’ve never been more
to a business plan written by Washington, D.C.-based Brailsford and
Dunlavey business planners and released for public review last June, the
project would be made possible using a public-private partnership.
sketch of the plan follows:
The Janss Center privately raises $8 million.
Ketchum leases the city-owned park and ride lot to the Janss
The Janss Center borrows constructions costs from, and pledges the
lease to, a lender.
The Janss Center coordinates construction of the building.
The Janss Center leases the building to the city. The city
operates the facility.
The city pledges all revenues from the facility to cover the
construction debt of approximately $7 million, about $505,000 a year for
The city resolves to consider taking ownership of the facility
when the debt is paid.
officials have not granted green lights for the project, but have
expressed enthusiasm for the concepts. In meetings last summer, council
members said they’d be happier if the annual debt service was closer
to $300,000 or $350,000 per year.
they said they want more assurances that the center could actually make
the approximately $30,000 per year business planers project after four
and officials have also expressed a need to do something with the park
and ride lot.
needed a pool yesterday, and we’ve been 15 to 20 years down the
road," said Ketchum Parks Department Supervisor Terry Tracy, adding
that the Janss Center must be given a deadline.
architectural plans for the Janss Center are still rough, but they
anticipate a large structure built in the style of the old Ketchum train
station. The facility would include a regulation ice rink, fitness
center, aerobics area and gym, climbing wall and an array of swimming
pool, including lap-swimming lanes, would be complemented with several
hot pools, which could be heated naturally using the nearby Guyer Hot
Springs in Warm Springs Canyon.
proposal closely models a proposal that would have been funded by a
failed Blaine County Recreation District bond initiative in the fall of