The City of Allen has marked a new milestone in its decades-long community partnership with Allen Sports Association.
On August 25, Allen City Council unanimously approved an agreement with Allen Sports Association (ASA) to grant the organization regular use of Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center’s competitive gym space in exchange for $3 million of funds for the construction and upkeep of the recreation center.
The agreement gives ASA discounted gym rental rates, non-exclusive use of Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center’s competition gym for youth sports programs and three team rooms adjacent to the competition gym.
“This agreement with the City of Allen further strengthens our position for continued growth of ASA indoor sports, thus serving more of our Allen kids in a cost-effective way,” said ASA Executive Director Ken Geest. “The City and ASA have partnered together for over 43 years and we continue our joint commitment to provide quality sports programs for the kids of Allen.”
In return, and to allow construction of Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center’s eight competition courts, ASA will give a total of $3 million to the City of Allen – half of which ($1.5 million) was paid at the signing of this agreement, while the other half is to be paid once construction on the recreation center begins.
“With the investment the Allen Sports Association has made to the construction of the Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center, we are able to increase the number of gymnasium space we are building which helps achieve our goal to provide opportunities to our residents,” said Allen Parks and Recreation Director Kate Meacham.
With the recreation center’s planning phase well underway, Meacham looks forward to the future made possible by this new agreement.
“The partnership with ASA is critical to us providing a well-balanced offering of athletics in our community,” said Meacham. “We value their partnership and look forward to working with them as we work towards to the opening of the Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center.”
Read the full Council agenda item.