The last year has been a busy one for the Wallace County Recreation. In the fall of 2017, a group of invested individuals who had worked towards the Mt. Sunflower Wellness Center over the last few years came together with previous Wallace County Recreation (WCR) board members to form a new, active recreation board ready to expand the rec’s program offerings and open a fitness center.
In an agreement with the Sharon Springs Wesleyan Church, the WCR secured a fitness center location at the Mt. Sunflower Bed and Breakfast Annex, directly west of the B& B. This is a central location for Wallace County residents and will allow B&B guests access to a workout facility as well.
Past donation, revenue from the Mt. Sunflower 5K Run held annually during the Wallace County Fair, grant funding secured from a Wallace County Hansen Community Grant through the Wallace County Community Foundation, and extensive volunteerism has allowed major renovations to the fitness center space, including removing walls and new flooring throughout.
In August of 2018 the WCR was awarded a $30,000 grant directly from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation for the purchase of fitness equipment and educational materials to fill the newly renovated space.
Throughout the last year, relationships have been built with Wallace County Commissioners and City of Sharon Springs. Through these collaborations, the city of Sharon Springs and the county have both raised their budgeted financial support for the WCR in 2019. This change in funding has allowed the WCR to hire a year-round, half-time recreation and fitness center director in place of a summer-only, quarter-time position.
Nikki Chubb is filling the new position of the fitness center director and Hollie Schattel is filling the position of the programs director. They are excited to work together to improve Wallace County Rec. You can reach them with any inquiries through the Wallace County Rec Facebook Page, email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or phone. Nikki Chubb: 785-672-5054 Hollie Schattel: 785-821-3368.
Over the last year the WCR has made huge steps towards creating a community fitness center and expanding the rec program offerings, and doing so in a way that can be sustained for years to come. We are excited about our forward movement and will soon be able to offer a fitness center with extensive hours of access and ample instruction to promote healthy life practices in our rural community.
Open Wallace County Recreation board meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the new fitness center location.