South Y Will Feature Unique Collaboration

South Y Will Feature Unique Collaboration

Albertson Family Foundation gives $4M to kick-start project

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Nov. 20, 2014 — The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation announced today a $4 million lead gift to help create a first-of-its-kind, collaborative YMCA facility in south Meridian.

The new south YMCA will partner with the West Ada School District, the City of Meridian and potential additional partners to create a multi-use, multi-million dollar campus complete with an elementary school, an aquatics center, a gym and a park.

The gift signifies a shift toward collaborative, community learning for the family foundation, President Jamie MacMillan said.

“My family and the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation are very proud to be a part of what we know will be a world-class model for collaboration — a place for limitless learning possibilities for children and families,” MacMillan said. “The people of Meridian will be able to come to one place to learn and grow at their family YMCA, in their city park and at their children’s new elementary school — one place, multiple partners, limitless learning.”

The goal is ambitious, MacMillan said, and can only be achieved through universal support and giving.

Like Downtown Boise Y, the West Y and Caldwell Family Y facilities, the south Meridian Y will feature a state-of-the-art aquatics center and be similar in size, at about 90,000 square feet. The YMCA project is expected to cost about $20 million, but projections for the entire campus are unknown. Marti Hill and Dixie Cook, and Brighton Corporation’s David Turnbull donated approximately 22 acres for the project near the intersection of Amity and Eagle roads.

Treasure Valley Family YMCA CEO Jim Everett said the project is much more than just a physical building. It’s about combining resources to create opportunity.

“For the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation to show their continued and extraordinary commitment to providing our youth and families with world-class opportunities is incredible,” Everett said. In addition, the land donations from the Hill family and Turnbull “made this dream a reality.”

“We are humbled and honored by the amazing generosity of this community,” Everett said.

Hill said he and his family are “delighted” to donate the land to such a worthy purpose and partnership.

“We are excited to be going from growing crops to growing kids and families,” Hill said. “And that makes us (our family) all very happy.”

The facility will benefit from some cost savings, too. Because all the facilities will likely be under one roof, necessities like reception, maintenance and physical education costs, for example, will be shared. West Ada School District Superintendent Linda Clark said the partnership benefits everyone from a quality of life standpoint to the public’s pocket book.

“Our students will benefit from their proximity to exceptional athletic facilities and our taxpayers will benefit from the reduced cost of building a new school,” Clark said.

Like Clark, Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd said the collaboration is mutually beneficial and is historic for the city.

“It shows a clear promise to what our youth, families and business community should expect in leveraging dollars and efforts for the good of our communities in growing healthy families and thriving youth,” the mayor said.

The campus, which does not yet have a break-ground or completion date, addresses issues every community faces, Everett said.

“None of us can go it alone, but together we will develop a national model where people can discover their potential, serve others and live healthier and more joyful lives,” Everett said. “Our hearts are full of gratitude today.”

About the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is a Boise-based, private family foundation committed to the vision of limitless learning for all Idahoans. In the last 17 years, the Albertson family foundation has invested more than $630 million in Idaho.

About the Treasure Valley Family YMCA

The Treasure Valley Family YMCA (Y) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to strengthen the foundation of our community by developing successful youth, engaging people in healthy living, and instilling a commitment to social responsibility. We provide support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow, and thrive.  Learn more at