The Bates County Community Health Foundation (BCCHF) has begun preliminary efforts to explore building a community center and is inviting community members to get involved.
In May, the Bates County Memorial Hospital (BCMH) Board of Trustees was approached by an investment broker. The broker had set up a trust several years ago to be used towards a community center for the Butler area and requested that it be built on the BCMH campus.
An action committee has been organized to carry out this project. Over the next month, the committee will meet with several architects and YMCA officials to explore the best options.
In 2019, BCMH conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment during which the hospital held town hall meetings for Bates County residents. The hospital hired a consultant who published a report based on community feedback, and the results showed that a community center topped the list.
The project has temporarily been named: “Proposed Regional Activity Center” to include everyone in the Bates County area. All donations for a community center will be channeled through BCCHF, a tax-deductible charity.
How the community can help you:
Complete a survey indicating your interest in what you and your family would use in a regional activity center: https://forms.gle/Vtr6GETQwFFrGPaj7