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Community Assets Committee

Introduction

  • Potential community projects voted on by the public at the Town Hall Meeting in February, 2014 have been analyzed by a committee of volunteers; summaries of their findings are presented on each of the other tabs in this Community Assets Committee section of the City’s website.
  • Committee members will be available to further discuss the projects and answer any questions at a public meeting to be held at the FivePine Conference Center from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Sunday, April 26.
  • After you have reviewed the five projects, please complete a short survey giving your opinions.  Hard copy versions of the survey will be available for your use at the public meeting, or you can access the survey online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SistersCommunityAssets.
  • Whether you like one project, multiple projects, or none of them, this is an opportunity to let the town know your feelings!

  • Please complete and submit the survey by May 15, 2015.

  • All survey results will be turned over to the Sisters City Council for their review and consideration of whether to continue exploring any of these ideas. 

Thanks for your help in charting the future course of Sisters Country!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where did the ideas for the projects come from?  
A: At the Feb. 2014 Town Hall meeting, residents voted on ideas for new assets.  Four of the five projects presented at this meeting received the most votes from the public at that meeting.  The fifth project is a combination of 3 of those original 4 projects.

Q: What are the 5 projects?  
A: (1) Arts/Science/History Center; (2) Winter Sports Park; (3) Convention Center; (4) Field House; (5) Combination Project (which combines elements of the first 3 projects).

Q: What is the Committee and what role did it play?  
A: The Community Assets committee is comprised of 11 volunteers from Sisters Country and they performed a detailed analysis of each project and are now presenting their findings to you.

Q: Which project(s) does the Committee recommend?  
A: The Committee itself takes no stance on any of the projects.  They are not making a recommendation that any project should or should not be built.  They are merely presenting their findings for your review.

Q: I don’t like one (or all) of the projects.  How can I make sure my voice is heard?  
A: Complete the survey.  Check “No” for that project (or projects) in question number 1.

Q: What happens next?  
A: You will conduct your review and complete a survey.  The completed surveys as well as the results of the Committee’s analyses will be turned over to the City of Sisters City Council for their review and consideration of whether to continue exploring any of these ideas.

Q: Are bond measures being proposed to fund any of these projects?  
A: No bond measure is being proposed.  The figures provided for financing charges are simply reference data for you to consider when making your decisions. There are several avenues for funding a project, including grants, private investment, and bonds.  These figures are provided to show typical costs if a project were to be funded entirely through a bond.  If, instead, grant money could be obtained for the entire cost, then there would be no bond costs.


Field House

The Field House Project involves the construction of an all-weather facility on property already owned by the Sisters Park and Recreation District, in the vicinity of its headquarters near Sisters High School. This building would address the two main barriers to sports participation during the winter months in Sisters: inclement weather and shorter periods of daylight. The Field House building would include a tennis wing and a turf wing.Tennis use is projected to be heavy, based on current demand in nearby towns and from United States Tennis Association statistics on similar enterprises.The turf wing is expected to be utilized very heavily in spring and fall for a variety of sports to avoid inclement weather. This is anticipated to involve as many as 400 children in multiple practice times per week. In the summer the facility could be utilized for summer camps. Throughout the year, there would be expected to be utilization by a variety of youth and adult programs operating such as soccer leagues, Ultimate Frisbee, lacrosse open gym, and fitness and conditioning classes. Additional usage from adult leagues would be expected in the evening hours and in weekend tournaments. Additionally, there would be an indoor walking track that is expected to be heavily utilized in winter to avoid the ice, cold, and darkness.

Field House: What Benefits can I Expect?

Residents of Sisters Country:

  • Provides families a year-round sheltered location in Sisters for affordable sporting events such as tennis and soccer which could be used individually or as part of team sports.
  • Provides families at a modest fee a year-round sheltered location in Sisters for walking or running.

Small business owners in Sisters Country:

  • Provides increased travel to Sisters which may translate into additional business prospects for a business within Sisters Country.
  • Provides more visitors to Sisters in the critical winter and shoulder seasons.

Employees in Sisters Country:

  • Provides the potential for more business for their employer, translating into greater job security for them.
  • Provides additional recreational opportunities at a convenient location for use after the workday is over.

Taxpayers within Sisters Country:

  • Any additional families moving in to Sisters Country in part because of this facility will better utilize existing school facilities and may result in existing school-related expenses spread over a larger tax base, lowering the amount of real estate taxes each taxpayer has to pay.
  • Any additional gas bought at Sisters gas stations because of this facility would result in additional funding for Sisters road maintenance.

Admirers of the current Sisters atmosphere and lifestyle:

  • The structure will be on land owned by the Sisters Park & Recreation District that is distant both from the City center and existing residential areas.
  • Any additional traffic and/or noise from events (little of each is expected) should be confined to that area distant from existing residential areas.

Art, Science, and/or History enthusiasts:

  • Provides a potential year-round sheltered location in Sisters for occasional exhibitions, events, and meetings concerning their interests.

Firms considering holding a conference or convention in Sisters Country:

  • Provides a year-round sheltered location in Sisters for sporting events such as tennis which could be utilized by the attendees in the evening.

People needing a facility for a meeting, exhibition, or reception:

  • Provides another year-round sheltered location in Sisters for meetings, exhibitions, and/or receptions.

Existing Sisters events and shows:

  • Provides another sheltered venue in Sisters for display, forums, classes, meetings, etc.
  • Provides a sheltered location in Sisters for activities such as tennis which could be utilized by the attendees when they are not attending the event or show.

Field House Strengths


Field House Weaknesses


Field House Financials


Winter Sports Park

The Winter Sports Park Project involves the construction of a covered ice rink and an associated service building. The ice rink would have a concrete slab in which is embedded tubing connected to a refrigerant system for the creation of the ice. The covered enclosure would be styled to blend in with and enhance the existing Sisters architecture and atmosphere.

During the winter months, the facility would be utilized as an ice rink for ice-surface related sports such as skating and curling. While not as big as a regulation-size hockey rink, it is expected that it could be used for a smaller-scale version of that game. It is anticipated that hot chocolate and other simple fare would be made available from the service building.

During the non-winter months, this facility will offer a covered concrete surface in an attractive facility that will be available for activities such as exhibitions, as an additional venue for new and existing events such as the Quilt Show and the Folk Festival, a new permanent venue for the Sisters Farmer’s Market, and other such uses.

The fact that this facility will have open sides will allow street traffic to view the goings-on, and, particularly in the case of the winter sports uses, it is anticipated it will attract tourist visitation of the facility and subsequently, additional patronage of other Sisters businesses.

Winter Sports Park: What Benefits can I Expect?

Residents of Sisters Country:

  • Provides families a seasonal location in Sisters for affordable family ice-skating and other winter ice-related sport activities.
  • During the remainder of the year, provides a covered location in Sisters for events, meetings, etc.

Small business owners in Sisters Country:

  • Provides increased travel to Sisters which may translate into additional business prospects for a business within Sisters Country.
  • Provides more visitors to Sisters in the critical winter and shoulder seasons.

Employees in Sisters Country:

  • Provides the potential for more business for their employer, translating into greater job security.
  • Provides additional seasonal recreational opportunities at a convenient location for use after the workday is over.

Taxpayers within Sisters Country:

  • Any additional families moving in to Sisters Country in part because of this facility will better utilize existing school facilities and may result in existing school-related expenses spread over a larger tax base, lowering the amount of real estate taxes each taxpayer has to pay.
  • Any additional gas bought at Sisters gas stations because of this facility would result in additional funding for Sisters road maintenance.

Winter Sports Park Strengths


Winter Sports Park Weaknesses


Winter Sports Park Financials


Art/Science/History Center

The Art/Science/History Center project involves construction of a building for the purpose of providing exhibition space for displays of the arts, science, and history. This building would be styled to be attractive and fit in well with the existing Sisters architecture and atmosphere.

The Art/Science/History Center would allow local artists an additional place to showcase and promote their art. Local schools could use it to hold science fairs and for field trips, classes, and possibly internships. Artifacts and photos of local history would have a place to be exhibited. Local residents would have another affordable recreational and educational option. Activities such as Art for Tots craft times, special events, lectures, etc., would add to the value.

It is expected that this facility would enhance the local residents’ sense of pride and ownership in Sisters and its past.

It is also expected that a facility such as this, if kept in a state of continual renewal, could attract considerable repeat tourist traffic and subsequent patronage of other Sisters businesses.

Art/Science/History Center: What Benefits can I Expect?

Residents of Sisters Country:

  • Provides families a year-round sheltered local location in Sisters for affordable exhibitions and/or events concerning the arts, science, and/or local history.
  • Potential for specialized exhibits such as Art for Tots to engage young children.

Small business owners in Sisters Country:

  • Provides increased travel to Sisters which may translate into additional business prospects for a business within Sisters Country.
  • Provides more visitors to Sisters in the critical winter and shoulder seasons.

Employees in Sisters Country:

  • Provides the potential for more business for their employer, translating into greater job security for them.

Taxpayers within Sisters Country:

  • Any additional families moving in to Sisters Country in part because of this facility will better utilize existing school facilities and may result in existing school-related expenses spread over a larger tax base, lowering the amount of real estate taxes each taxpayer has to pay.
  • Any additional gas bought at Sisters gas stations because of this facility would result in additional funding for Sisters road maintenance.

Admirers of the current Sisters atmosphere and lifestyle:

  • This facility will be designed to blend in with and enhance the existing Sisters architecture.
  • No substantive additional traffic or noise is expected.

Tourists:

  • Provides a seasonal location to ice skate (and possibly other winter ice-related sport activities) with convenient walkable access to shopping and dining in Sisters.
  • During the remainder of the year, provides a covered location in Sisters for exhibitions and/or events which they might be interested in seeing.

Sports enthusiasts:

  • Provides a year-round sheltered local location in Sisters for exhibitions, events, and meetings concerning the arts, science, and/or local history which could be utilized by the sports enthusiasts when they are not doing their sport.

Firms considering holding a conference or convention in Sisters Country:

  • Provides a seasonal location in Sisters for ice skating and possibly other winter ice-related sport activities which could be utilized by the attendees in the evening.

People needing a facility for a meeting or exhibition:

  • Provides another year-round covered location in Sisters for meetings and exhibitions.

Existing Sisters events and shows:

  • Provides another covered venue in Sisters for display, forums, classes, meetings, etc.

Art/Science/History Center: What Benefits can I Expect?

Tourists:

  • Provides a year-round location in Sisters for stopping to see exhibitions and/or events concerning the arts, science, and/or local history.
  • Provides a year-round sheltered local location in Sisters for exhibitions, events, and meetings concerning the arts, science, and/or local history which could be utilized by the attendees when they are not attending the event or show.

Sports enthusiasts:

  • Provides a year-round sheltered local location in Sisters for exhibitions, events, and meetings concerning the arts, science, and/or local history which could be utilized by the sports enthusiasts when they are not doing their sport.

Firms considering holding a conference or convention in Sisters Country:

  • Provides a year-round sheltered local location in Sisters for exhibitions, events, and meetings concerning the arts, science, and/or local history which could be utilized by the attendees in the evening.

People needing a facility for a conference, meeting, exhibition, or reception:

  • Provides another year-round sheltered location in Sisters for conferences, meetings, exhibitions, and/or receptions.

Existing Sisters events and shows:

  • Provides another sheltered venue in Sisters for display, forums, classes, meetings, etc.
  • Provides a year-round sheltered local location in Sisters for exhibitions, events, and meetings concerning the arts, science, and/or local history which could be utilized by the attendees when they are not attending the event or show.

Art/Science/History Center Strengths

Art/Science/History Center Weaknesses


Art/Science/History Center Financials

Convention Center

The Convention Center project involves construction of a building for the purpose of providing additional space in the community for conventions, conferences, exhibitions, meetings, receptions, and events. This building would be styled to be attractive and fit in well with the existing Sisters architecture and atmosphere. There would be an ancillary building to house a food operation associated with the Center.

The Sisters economy is heavily dependent on tourism. A unique and authentically designed Sisters Country conference center would enhance the Sisters brand and act as an additional draw, reinforcing the concept of Sisters as a destination retreat. The Center is expected to contribute to a vibrant economy in Sisters Country, with benefits for existing residents and an inducement to the influx of new families.

It is anticipated that this Center would act as a clearinghouse for events, partnering with the existing local inventory of meeting places and offering expanded opportunity and a wide variety of capacities for events in Sisters Country. It would help to capture events for Sisters Country that are currently lost to other locations. A blend of corporate, local, and tourist use is expected. Additionally, this facility would provide a gathering space for health, environmental, and business incubation with the potential for job creation.

Convention Center: What Benefits can I Expect?

Residents of Sisters Country:

  • Provides families a year-round sheltered local location in Sisters for conferences, exhibitions, events, meetings, etc.
  • Potentially helps to create a more vibrant economy, making Sisters Country a more attractive place to live.

Small business owners in Sisters Country:

  • Provides a year-round sheltered location in Sisters for conventions, conferences, exhibitions, events, meetings, etc.
  • Provides increased travel to Sisters which may translate into additional business prospects for a business within Sisters Country.
  • Provides more visitors to Sisters in the critical winter and shoulder seasons.

Employees in Sisters Country:

  • Provides the potential for more business for their employer, translating into greater job security for them.

Taxpayers within Sisters Country:

  • Any additional families moving in to Sisters Country in part because of this facility will better utilize existing school facilities and may result in existing school-related expenses spread over a larger tax base, lowering the amount of real estate taxes each taxpayer has to pay.
  • Any additional gas bought at Sisters gas stations because of this facility would result in additional funding for Sisters road maintenance.

Admirers of the current Sisters atmosphere and lifestyle:

  • This facility will be designed to blend in with and enhance the existing Sisters architecture.
  • Assuming a central city location, any additional traffic and/or noise from events (very little of each is expected) should be confined to the City center, primarily along Cascade Ave.

Tourists:

  • Provides a year-round location in Sisters for stopping to see exhibitions and/or events.

Art, Science, and/or History enthusiasts:

  • Provides a potential year-round sheltered location in Sisters for occasional exhibitions, events, and meetings concerning their interests.

Firms considering holding a conference or convention in Sisters Country:

  • Provides additional space in Sisters for conventions, conferences, exhibitions, events, meetings, etc.

People needing a facility for a conference, meeting, exhibition, or reception:

  • Provides another year-round sheltered location in Sisters for conferences, meetings, exhibitions, and/or receptions.

Existing Sisters events and shows:

  • Provides another sheltered venue in Sisters for display, forums, classes, meetings, etc.

Convention Center Strengths


Convention Center Weaknesses


Convention Center Financials


Combination Project

The Combination Project combines a Convention Center containing exhibition space for the arts, science, and history with a Winter Sports Park.

The Convention Center portion would very similar to the facility described separately as the Convention Center Project. It would, however, reserve a portion of the building as dedicated exhibition space for the arts, science, and history. The remainder of the facility would be used for the purpose of providing additional space in the community for conventions, conferences, exhibitions, meetings, receptions, and events. This building would be styled to blend in with and enhance the existing Sisters architecture and atmosphere. There would be an ancillary building to house a food operation associated with the Center. For additional details, refer to the Convention Center Project Description.

The Winter Sports Park portion of this project would be the same facility as that included separately as the stand-alone Winter Sports Park Project. The covered enclosure would be styled to be complementary with both the adjacent Convention Center and with the existing Sisters architecture and atmosphere. During the winter months, the facility would be utilized as an ice rink for ice-surface related sports such as skating and curling. During the non-winter months, this facility will offer a covered concrete surface in an attractive facility that will be available for activities such as exhibitions and events. For additional details, refer to the Winter Sports Park Project Description.

Combination Project: What Benefits can I Expect?

The Combination Project combines a Convention Center containing exhibition space for the arts, science, and history with a Winter Sports Park.

The Combination Project would include all of the benefits of the Convention Center Project, the Winter Sports Park Project, and the Art/Science/History Center (the latter reduced a bit in scale from the stand-alone project of that name).

To review the individual benefits of the Combination Project, please refer to the information presented separately for the Convention Center Project, the Winter Sports Park Project, and the Art/Science/History Center.

Combination Project Strengths


Combination Project Weaknesses


Combination Project Financials



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