FORT HALL — The public got a sneak peek of the plans for the second phase of the new Shoshone-Bannock Sports and Wellness Complex at the Wellness Gathering held at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Convention Center Friday afternoon. Architects, tribal officials and community members shared their vision for this state-of-the art facility designed to meet the wellness needs of a growing community.
The first phase of the complex was the new $70,000 skate park which opened this summer; however, the best is yet to come in the form of a 140,000 square foot center featuring a fully equipped gym, basketball courts, swimming pool and hot tubs, dance studios, boxing gym, mediation paths, education classrooms and play areas."
The current tribal gymnasium, Timbee Hall, is nearly 50 years old and in poor condition.
"Health and wellness from the cradle to the grave is my vision for this new facility," said Mike Hugues, chairman of the Wellness Center board.
"I am passionate about good health and well being...that's why I donate my time. I want to see us [the tribe] move forward with good health education and opportunities from every aspect."
He added, "This past year, we've made some good milestones, one being the selection of a great architect firm that shares our vision."
FFKR Architects out of Salt Lake City, UT was hired by the tribe to design the facility. Principal architect David Giles addressed the group saying, "We want this to be a very special place open, welcoming and reflective of your culture. It will be built with quality workmanship and sustainability, easily used, operated and maintained." Giles said that surveying is currently being done on the 80 acre parcel of land just 100 yards east of the new skateboard park where the new two-story wellness complex will be built.
Hugues said if funding and plans for the complex fall into place as envisioned, construction will begin in March 2013 and the complex will open in by early 2014.
"The thing that sets this project apart is our effort to create funds on our own through grants, philanthropy, community donations and fundraisers," Hugues said with pride. "We our doing our best to make this happen for our youth, for our elders...for our community."
Anyone needing more information or to donate to the project can contact: Alonzo Coby at 208-317-5096 or go to www.shobanwellness.org .