Revised July 7, 2015           Western Elmore County Recreation District Timeline



  • Blue Ribbon Committee was established to study the community’s recreational wants and needs.
  • In 2000, the ballot measure to form the Western Elmore County Recreation District is passed.
  • In 2001, Governor Dirk Kempthorne appointed WECRD Directors.
  • In 2003, WECRD selected a facility site and obtained: survey, Level 1 EPA review, FEMA review, Elmore County Planning and Zoning review, Mountain Home “Area of Impact” zoning review.


  • WECRD purchased 20 acres of land.
  • WECRD directors and community members participated in a Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center competition. WECRD placed second and Coeur d’Alene was awarded the grant money.
  • In 2005 the Recreation Foundation of Elmore County was formed as the capital campaign entity for the recreation center.


  • WECRD is awarded a $294,000 HUD grant. Expires September 15, 2015


  • Recreation Foundation of Elmore County received a $10,000 family donation for construction of the recreation center and the WECRD received a $10,000 trust fund donation.
  • Environmental Assessment (EA) completed on WECRD Property as a requirement to receive HUD grants.
  • Conditional letter of Map Revision Based on Fill (CLOMR-F) received from FEMA for construction of the recreation center.
  • WECRD is awarded a $285,000 HUD grant. Expires September 15, 2016.
  • WECRD contracted with the YMCA in September to provide guidance and leadership to a community ownership development process.
  • YMCA and WECRD established Community Leadership Development Committee (CLDC) to mark the first step in collaboration with the YMCA and to govern the process and ensure that the goals of inclusion, transparency and effectiveness are met. 


  • In May 2010, the Mountain Home Community Leadership Development Committee commissioned Strategic Research Associates to conduct a telephone survey of 400 heads-of-household currently living in Mountain Home, Idaho. The survey’s primary objective was to explore the degree of interest in a new non-profit community recreation center proposed to be built in Mountain Home. Other objectives included measuring the desirability of potential program and facility options that could be included in a new facility and exploring potential demand for different types of memberships (to allow approximate estimation of expected revenues).
  1. oThree options were proposed:
  2. oConclusions:
  3. oFinal Decision:
      • Option One: The facility would include strength and cardiovascular center, indoor track, aerobic rooms, nursery, meeting space, a snack bar, and locker rooms. It would also have a Youth Activity Center and a Teen Center.
      • Option Two: All option one amenities would be available and the facility would add a regulation-sized gymnasium with six basketball hoops and the ability to accommodate two volleyball courts.
      • Option Three: All amenities from options one and two would be available and the facility would add an aquatics center with a 25 yard lap pool, a deep water section for classes and therapy, and a water slide and splash area for younger children and non-swimmers.
      • Build only what the community can afford without long term debt.
      • Build only what can be self-sustained or sustained with reasonable and known sources of subsidy.
  • §Combine options one and two initially
  • §Leave possibility to construct option 3 later
  • §Combine WECRD savings with capital campaign to complete project
  • David Freer Memorial Let’s Play grant was established.
  • City Planning & Zoning Commission annexed WECRD property into city of Mountain Home.
  • HUD completes review of EA and CLOMR-F and authorized use of HUD funds for design & construction of recreations center on WECRD property.


  • CLDC completed its task for WECRD.
  • YMCA hired by WECRD to continue consultation for next steps.


  • Initial cost estimates for option one and option two completed.
  • Feasibility Study:
    • Conducted During May 2012
      • The purpose of this study was to determine the support for a fundraising campaign for the project. Specifically, this study sought to determine if a $600,000 campaign goal was realistic and achievable; to identify potential leadership and major gift donors for the campaign. Additional study objectives included testing the effectiveness and marketability of the proposed case for support and identifying potential obstacles (real or perceived) that may hinder a potential campaign.
      • Results of feasibility study: capital campaign has high likelihood of success in the range of $555,750 –$1,701,600 million.





  • YMCA hired Development Coordinator (April)
  • Mountain Home Construction Task Force Formed: August 2013
    • Reviewed 14 architect qualification proposals
    • Selected top 4 architect firms
    • Interviewed and rank order top 4 firms
    • Negotiated with top firm LCA


  • WECRD hires LCA Architect Firm (March)
  • YMCA Teen Advisory Council created (March)
  • New board established for the Recreation Foundation of Elmore County (May)
  • WECRD kicks off their $850,000 Capital with announcement of Co-Chairs Mark Hiddleston and Todd McCurry (Nov)
  • LCA Design Development phase complete (Dec)


  • Capital Campaign Committee Formed (Jan)
  • LCA Construction Documents Complete (March)
  • Capital Campaign Committee and directors announced their group pledge as a matching gift of leadership level gifts up to $215,000.
  • City of Mountain Home approves LCA Construction Documents (June  9, 2015)






Parent Category: WECRD General
Category: About Us

Upcoming Events

2017 Regular Board Meeting Schedule

4th Wednesday of Every Month at 6:00 PM

245 E 6th S
Mountain Home, Idaho 83647

Public Meeting Schedule:

MARCH 22         APRIL 19

MAY 24             JUNE 28

JULY 26             AUGUST 23

SEPT 27            OCT 25

NOV 29 Nov and Dec Meeting combined



Approved Budget 2012-2013

Approved Budget 2013-2014

Approved Budget FY 2014-2015

Approved Budget FY 2015-2016


Current Agenda can be viewed when posted in the WECRD Office window (Agendas are posted at least 48 hours before Regular Board Meetings and 24 hours before Special Meetings).




*Special Time
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What is a Recreation District?

As mandated by Idaho Code, Chapter 43, a recreation district is a taxing district, separate from the city or county. A recreation district’s sole concern is with recreation within its boundaries.

“Providing adequate recreation facilities for public use is hereby declared to be a public benefit, use and purpose which enhances the value and quality of life and which materially assists in correcting or eliminating many social ills such as delinquency, crime, excessive use of alcohol, drug abuse and discrimination.”

A Recreation District will consist of a governing board of Directors which are elected or appointed for limited terms.