Planning for a major effort to fund the Runestone Community Center expansion is underway. The City of Alexandria has been working with an architect to design and develop a construction project that will meet demand for more athletic and community events.
Over the past 20 years, Alexandria has experienced considerable growth in ice use and increased demand for dry floor events. “RCC’s current space has been a great resource to the community, but does not maximize our potential.” Runestone Capital Campaign Chair Kent Kopp said. “Events have been forced to use neighboring communities outside of the Alexandria area, which causes our economy to miss out on a significant amount of revenue.”
The RCC expansion will serve as a community center consisting of a new space accommodating dry floor and ice events. Current plans include new restrooms, locker rooms, lobby and viewing areas, offices, and an elevator to improve accessibility throughout the site. A partial remodel of the current facility is necessary to provide greater functionality and continuity throughout the RCC.
“This is a once in a generation opportunity. This long overdue expansion comes nearly 50 years after the original facility, also funded by private donations and public funds, was dedicated.” Mayor Bobbie Osterberg said. “The demand for the additional space allows the Runestone Community Center to continue generating revenue for Alexandria as a regional hub for entertainment, community events and of course hockey, figure skating and curling. As material costs continue to increase, we hope to begin and complete construction as soon as possible.”
The total project is estimated at $20 million. Momentum is now building with $5.6 million committed from the State of Minnesota through a bonding bill and a $5.6 million commitment from the City of Alexandria. A team of community members has been assembled to assist in securing the remaining $8.8 million through sponsorships and private contributions. Front Burner Sports, a sports marketing firm, and Mark Davy & Associates, a fundraising consulting firm, have been hired to assist with this effort.
“We are excited to begin engaging the community and inviting their participation.” Kopp said. “Realizing this vision will require numerous individuals, businesses and other groups coming together and helping in any way they can to continue Alexandria’s tradition of excellence.”
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