Hiking Trails

$1 million in COVID relief funds go to Hastings Y for walking trail

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – Hastings City Council has voted unanimously to designate COVID relief money to the Hastings Family YMCA.

The money will be used to build a walking/running track at the “Y”.

It’s now a formal agreement between the City of Hastings, Adams County and the YMCA, where Hastings will provide $750,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds while Adams County will provide $250,000. $.

In exchange, residents of Hastings and Adams County will be able to use the walking track without being a “Y” member.

“I want to thank Troy and the YMCA Board of Directors for getting us to this point,” said Mayor Corey Stutte. He said they saw an opportunity to build a public-private partnership that would benefit all citizens of Hastings.

Stutte said it will be a tangible asset for Hastings residents to step on and enjoy. He said it was a great opportunity for Hastings, as the mall was no longer a mall, many people were used to walking there.

Hastings YMCA CEO Troy Stickels said the $14 million project was cut to $19 million due to construction issues. He said that $10 million of the $18.9 million they currently have comes from people in that area.

“We started moving dirt last week and we’re full speed ahead,” Stickels said.

Council member Chuck Rosenberg told Troy that his perseverance paid off because he didn’t give up.

“I know every time we saw you, you were really dedicated to it, so good luck,” Rosenberg said. “It will be a great addition to the community.”

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