ANACORTES — The Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center District commissioners hired former Skagit Valley Family YMCA Development and Campaign Director Renata Maybruck to handle the campaign for possible changes to the facility.
Commissioner Jeremy McNett announced the hire at a Thursday night board meeting.
Maybruck said she helped raise $13.5 million for the YMCA’s $24 million facility, which includes two pools and is set to be completed in December.
Her experience with the YMCA will help the commission nail down realistic fundraising goals for the Fidalgo Pool project, McNett said.
The commissioners previously presented three options for the project, which range from complete reconstruction of the current building and addition of a new pool to only renovating the current pool.
At this time, cost details are only available for the replacement and addition option, which has been estimated at $25 million.
Maybruck said she will develop a campaign “toolkit” for the project, including a website to house updates and frequently asked questions.
Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center Executive Director Mitch Everton said the creation of a website, as well as publicity abut what the commission has been doing on the project since 2015, may help address complaints by residents that the commission has not gathered enough public input and is moving too fast on the project.
In her proposed timeline for the project, Maybruck said the commission will continue to gather public input and information on possible options until September.
Then, they would enter a “soft phase” of the campaign to begin gathering donations. Based on how much money is raised, Maybruck said a bond would potentially be introduced in 2020, and the facility would ideally open in the summer of 2022.
“To wrap it up, we’re still in this first phase and we’re still learning,” Commissioner Christine Mathes said.