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Gallatin County Approves Land Agreement With YMCA

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The Gallatin Valley YMCA  is one step closer to building a new home.

Gallatin County Commissioners approved an agreement on Tuesday that would allow the YMCA to have parking on county land.

"We needed a starting point. Normally, the county wouldn't enter into an memorandum of understanding because it's kind of an agreement to agree later on. We usually like to decide it all at once, but because this is so many steps we felt like it was a good idea," said Michael Harris, Gallatin County Conservation and Parks Director.

"It was a huge step for the Y in creating a collaborative partnership with the county to service the residents of this community as we work toward building a facility," said Andrea Stevenson, Gallatin County YMCA CEO.

In the agreement, parking spaces for the YMCA and the regional park would be shared. Currently, the YMCA owns seven acres of land at the regional park and leases 16 more acres from the county.  Now, 11 of those acres would go back to the county.

Harris said one of the biggest issues is how much parking will be needed in the area.

"When you're talking about a large facility, you have to have X amount of parking spaces to meet the city's requirements. Some of them are on the streets and some of them will be on the park. We're going to share the parking, we're going to share some athletic fields space and we're going to share park land," said Harris.

The new parking area would be located north of  Bozeman Fire Station #3 and the YMCA will build a road.

"Vaquero Lane, which isn't built yet will need to be constructed to connect Baxter over to the fire station," said Stevenson.

Stevenson said in the future the YMCA will build a permanent facility in this location. They are working on a $10.5 million campaign to make that happen. They have already raised about $2 million.

"We still have a ways to go, but the community has been outstanding in supporting the YMCA," said Stevenson.

Bozeman City Commissioners will decide on June 9 whether a new aquatics facility will be built next to the future YMCA building or at Rose Park.
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