Council approves to accept grant for Fitness Center gym and track

A City of Bethel action memorandum No. 21-36 to accept and approve the FY 2022 State of Alaska, Designated Legislative Grant, approved by the 32nd Legislature for the Design of the Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center gym and track in the amount of $500,000 was approved by council during their November 9th, 2021 regular meeting.

The State of Alaska’s 32nd Legislature approved a $500,000 capital budget award to the City of Bethel for the design of a gym and track to be part of the YK Fitness Center. The YK Fitness Center was constructed with the intention of adding a gymnasium on to it in the future. A feasibility study is currently being prepared by DOWL and Agnew::Beck Consulting.

The grant performance period is July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2026. There is no match required from the City of Bethel. AM 21-36 was introduced by City Manager Pete Williams.

The City received the grant award letter dated September 8th, 2021 from the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development notifying the City of the funding.