New Austin Community Rec Center receives $5,000 grant from Austin Hy-Vee; Grant comes as facility’s progress reaches 50 percent

Published 8:54 am Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Leaders of the Austin Community Rec Center initiative announced today they have received a $5,000 donation from Austin Hy-Vee.

This is the latest company donation to help the approximately 105,000 square foot facility surpass its $5 million public fundraising goal.

“The generosity by Austin Hy-Vee is truly appreciated by the entire community,” said Tanya Medgaarden, Chairperson of Vision 2020, in a press release. “This donation is key to our fundraising efforts as we were able to achieve and exceed our public fundraising goals.”

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The new Austin Community Rec Center will be a year-round facility that will have state-of-art-fitness facilities such as a family aquatic center, practice facilities and programs supporting healthy living in a safe, affordable environment.

“The YMCA of Austin and its partners have put careful thought and planning into the Austin Community Recreation Center,” said Britt Fossum, Store Director, Austin Hy-Vee. “The facility will become an anchor for the community and serve as a symbol of Austin’s continuing progress and commitment to creating a better life for those who live there.”

Additionally, the Austin Community Rec Center will have areas free to the public and areas available for access through a daily or monthly fee, preschool programs and classroom for 120 students and a school age child care program for 150 children.

To date, $6.4 million has been raised during the public fundraising campaign, adding to the $25 million previously donated by The Hormel Foundation and $5 million from Hormel Foods.

People are able to donate to the Austin Community Rec Center fund via the Vision 2020 website at

Construction on the project is in progress and nearly 50 percent complete.