FEDA endorses pool, gym
The Fairfield Economic Development Association Board of Directors voted at its Monday meeting to support the Nov. 6 ballot referendum authorizing the city of Fairfield to issue up to $3,000,000 in general obligation bonds for construction of a new outdoor aquatic center and new gymnasium.
Citing the importance of recreational amenities in attracting and retaining employers to the Fairfield area as a key component in its decision to support the referendum, FEDA President Lori Schaefer-Weaton said “The $3,000,000 will be used to leverage the additional $7,000,000 through private donations and grants needed to complete the project. The community recreation project committee did an excellent job of researching what our pool and gym needs are and striking a balance between tax support and private fundraising for the project.”
Schaefer-Weaton also noted many local industries and businesses wellness initiatives will be greatly enhanced by the availability of additional gym space and an indoor walking facility.
Mentioning that the new pool and gym will provide great recreational opportunities for current residents, FEDA Executive Director Tracy Vance stated, “Economic development recruitment is a process of elimination and recreational amenities, such as a modern aquatic center and a gymnasium with indoor walking facilities, are becoming a vital component that communities must have in order to be considered.”
Because the Nov. 6 bond referendum authorizing the city to issue bonds is just the first step in making the new aquatic center and gym a reality and the bonds will only be issued when the additional funds are raised to complete the project, the FEDA Board of Directors is encouraging its members and the community to support this investment in the community.