By W. Greg Nelson,
Mayor of Kuna
As 2013 closes and our new year 2014 dawns we are starting the process to fund a swimming pool along with a Boys & Girls Club and YMCA. This process is brought about by the realization that Kuna Kids have little to do except attend schools in Kuna. There really isn’t much for our kids to do to keep them busy and productive, so we have experienced increasing problems in our community which relate directly to this underlying problem of “Nothing to Do”. 2014 will begin the changes necessary to help our kids find productive outlets for free time, weekends and long summer days. We ask our parents and adults to assist us in this effort, for it is time for Kuna to acknowledge we are one of the larger cities in Idaho with a higher per capita population of kids under 18 than any other city in our state. This is Kuna’s challenge (Large numbers of young people needing help with growing up and our community having little or nothing to assist Kuna’s schools in this area).
2014 begins the change as we start the drive to create a Recreation District that will be the size of Kuna’s School District. Many of you will be interviewed and surveyed on your ideas as we create a district to fund the operation of a community swimming pool. We would like to vote on this issue in late spring and we would ask for volunteers to help with this effort by serving on committees that will inform the public. If interested please sign up at City Hall.
We have hired a consultant to put together a feasibility study on creating a complex which will include a swimming pool, Boys & Girls Club and YMCA on land behind the Kuna Fire Station. Many will be interviewed and many will be asked to join this effort on passing a bond issue creating this complex. With no bonded indebtedness in the city, Kuna is in a good position to move forward with this proposal. The feasibility study will tell us how much the complex will cost, can Kuna support it financially and is the community in favor of it. If the study is favorable, we expect to have the bond issue ready for the November election. Anyone who would like to help on this issue please sign up at City Hall.
We are expanding our Parks Department to a Parks & Recreation Department. Under recreation we will begin the process to expand biking, offer summer activities including park rangers, summer learning classes, gardening and activities supporting the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. We intend to work closely with the Kuna Boys & Girls club and afterschool programs so that city programs become a part of those already existing programs.
Once again many will be interviewed to gauge support of the community to offer summer recreation programs and anyone who would like to help support, teach or supervise these programs please sign up at City Hall.
In closing, thank you all for your interest and help as we move forward with plans and ideas for Kuna to become a more youth oriented and caring community. Please join us in participating in this solution to many of our community youth problems.