Fareway pledges $2 million to Boone Iowa Recreation Center

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A new multimillion-dollar recreation center could be coming to Boone, but first it’ll have to pass a bond vote. According to a city statement, “this project has been at the forefront of discussions, even during COVID,” following the 2019 closure of Boone’s YMCA. The renders were displayed Thursday in front of dozens of people who heard the latest announcement – that Fareway is committing $2 million to complete the project. The recreation center is estimated to be worth $10 million in total. It would include two basketball courts, an aquatic center and a number of courts and fields for other activities. Boone City Council member Terry Moorman said, “This project is more than just a building. It is a place where children and families, adults and seniors can participate in activities and programs and come together. Not everyone in Boone supports the project because approval would result in higher energy bills for Alliant Energy customers in the community. City leaders say that because of Fareway’s commitment, Alliant Energy customers in the community would see a 2% increase on their bill instead of the originally planned 3%. City leaders say the project would not affect property taxes. The bond vote is set for March 1, and the city needs at least 60% approval to move forward.

A new multimillion-dollar recreation center could be coming to Boone, but first it’ll have to pass a bond vote.

According to a city statement, “this project has been at the forefront of discussions, even during COVID,” following the 2019 closure of Boone’s YMCA.

The renders were displayed Thursday in front of dozens of people who heard the latest announcement – ​​that Fareway is pledging $2 million to complete the project.

The recreation center is estimated to be worth $10 million in total. It would include two basketball courts, an aquatic center and a number of courts and fields for other activities.

Boone City Council member Terry Moorman said, “This project is more than just a building. It is a place where children and families, adults and seniors can participate in activities and programs and come together.

Not everyone in Boone is in favor of the project because approval would result in higher energy bills for Alliant Energy customers in the community.

City leaders say that because of Fareway’s commitment, Alliant Energy customers in the community would see a 2% increase on their bill instead of the originally planned 3%.

City leaders say the project would not affect property taxes.

The bond vote is set for March 1, and the city needs at least 60% approval to move forward.

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