$3 million raised for new Austin rec center

Supporters now asking the public for help getting to $5 million goal.

Posted: Apr. 3, 2018 12:23 PM
Updated: Apr. 4, 2018 11:48 AM

AUSTIN, Minn. – Fundraising for the new Austin Community Rec Center is more than halfway to its goal.

Vision 2020 announced Tuesday that the project has raised $3,096,579 and is now shifting to asking the public to get it the rest of the way to the target of $5 million.

“Thanks to the generous support of our donors we are able to start the public fundraising efforts with the clear reality of achieving and hopefully, surpassing, our needed funds,” said Tanya Medgaarden, co-chair of the Austin Community Rec Center executive board. “This is the best possible scenario for us to begin public fundraising.”

The new Austin Community Rec Center will be a 105,000 square foot facility open all year offering recreation and fitness opportunities for the whole community.

“We are so close to bringing this state-of-that-art facility to the people of Austin and the surrounding communities,” said Tom Stiehm, Mayor of Austin. “The Austin Community Rec Center will be a great driver of people to the area and will allow us to continue to grow the economic prosperity of our community.”

Donations can be made at the Vision 2020 website by clicking here.

“The Hormel Foundation is a proud supporter of the Austin Community Rec Center and we are excited to see this great new facility come to life,” said Bonnie Rietz, chair, Hormel Foundation. “I am confident that the people of our southern Minnesota communities will help to push us over the needed amount.”

Construction is expected to begin in July.

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