UWEC may partner with YMCA at new events site

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EAU CLAIRE (WEAU) -- The UW-Eau Claire Foundation has approached the Eau Claire YMCA about the possibility of partnering together at the land donated by the Sonnentag Foundation.

The 21-acre site along Menomonie Street in Eau Claire could possibly be the site of a new YMCA. The partnership could include use agreements between the Foundation and the YMCA to share facilities.
The university and the YMCA would not share ownership of the buildings.

"This isn't a done deal, we are still looking at other options. This is one of the options we are looking at, we would like to get to a point where we know if this option is feasible or not, and if it's not feasible we will look at other options, but hopefully this will work out. There's certainly a lot of details that would need to be worked out as we move forward," YMCA Executive Director Ken Van Es said.

Van Es says if a partnership with the university does not work out the YMCA still owns land on Menomonie St. that could house a new YMCA facility.

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