Community Center Gets New Name
“The biggest influence on the health of our community now and into the future will be the lifestyles we lead,” said Jill Fuller, CEO of Prairie Lakes. “With this partnership, we see an opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of the community as a whole for years to come.”
The Prairie Lakes Wellness Center will feature an open concept space including a walking track, leisure pool, racquetball and basketball courts, expanded cardio and weight area, larger fitness class space, and a social area with fireplaces for members. Four full-size courts and the eight-lane pool will be able to accommodate competitive events and spectators. Participants will have access to these facilities through a separate entrance.
The Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Board of Directors agreed to finalize a naming rights transaction for the Watertown Community Center in April 2016. The parties agreed to a purchase price of $2.2 million for a term of 25-years. Five annual payments will be made in the first five years of the term to complete the transaction. The funds will be used by the City to support capital costs of the center. Prairie Lakes will receive sponsorship benefits.
“Prairie Lakes Healthcare System has been a long-standing partner to the Watertown community, providing funds to initiatives that support a healthy population,” said Steve Thorson, Mayor of Watertown. “The City Council and I are so pleased to have been able to work out an agreement with Watertown’s regional healthcare provider, to help fund a facility that will serve the recreational and fitness needs of our citizens for decades to come.”