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Elevate Parks & Recreation (Tree & Green

Gateway Discovery Center

Updated Feb 20, 2024

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Summary

Working with city and community stakeholders, professional consultants will create a strategic plan that  will lead to the successful evolution of the Gateway. Work will include market analysis, program concept development, business and operational planning, and recommendations to update the facility, visitor experience, equipment, and technology.


The Youth Sports and Recreation and the Education subcommittees of Project Unity recommended establishing the Gateway as a center of STEM, E-sports, and digital investments for youth. Currently, The Gateway offers free high-speed internet, laptops, tablets, a digital library, and meeting and work spaces. Educational and community programs are also offered.

Goals and Impact
  • Provide a successful evolution of the Gateway Center

  • Use the facility to inspire and stimulate curiosity, creativity, exploration, and innovation

  • Engage the community, particularly youth, using technology and related programming

Project Updates
Timeline

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Key Milestones & Events
Completed:
  • August 2023: contracted Keen Independent Research to develop a strategic plan

Up Next:
  • Complete strategic planning phase

Project Materials
Financial Information
Costs

Cost Summary

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Spent:

$32,061

Approved:

$84,439

Budget:

Pending Planning/Design

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Spent: The amount paid on this project to-date.​

Approved: The amount that has been approved by the City Council to be spent for a specific contract or purpose on this project. In city accounting terms, this is spent + encumbered.

Budget: The total amount of money that the City expects to be spent to complete this project. This amount is only finalized once sufficient planning on the project has been completed.

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Overall Funding

Funding Summary

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Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund:

$550,000

Other City Funds:

$0

External Funding:

$0

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Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund: City funds dedicated to Elevate Tuscaloosa which are allocated to this project.

Other City Funds: City funds from non-Elevate Tuscaloosa sources allocated to this project.

External Funding: Amounts from sources outside of the city, such as grants, or donations from citizens or private companies.

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