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Coeur d’Alene Tribe approves $15.8 million youth and family rec complex

October 6, 2018

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has approved plans for a $15.8 million youth and family recreation center near Worley, Idaho.

NAC Architecture is designing the center, with a groundbreaking scheduled for next year. The facility will be built on tribal land and owned by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and its health care organization, Marimn Health.

Current designs include a family water park with waterslide, splash pad, lazy river and lap lanes. Fitness equipment and space for child care, adult recreation and youth programs, including a Boys & Girls Club, will be part of the indoor facilities.

Last year, Marimn Health partnered with Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County to bring programs to the Coeur d’Alene Reservation on Friday and Saturday nights. More than 164 children participated in the programs.

Outdoor amenities include an outdoor playground, pavilion and picnic area, basketball courts and sports fields. The area will be designed to double as a powwow ground.

Helo Hancock, chief executive of Marimn Health, called the facility a “major step” toward the organization’s goal of improving the health of the community.

“This investment in prevention for the youth of our reservation will positively impact the future of our entire community for generations to come,” Hancock said in a statement.

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