Lead Agency

The Town of Mammoth Lakes

 

Overview and History

A Mammoth Lakes Regional High Altitude U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center would provide additional resources, services and facilities for athletes and National Governing Bodies (“NGBs”) while providing an elite athlete training environment which positively impacts performance.

Mammoth Lakes Recreation will collaborate with the Local Operator and NGBs to provide additional world-class training facilities for athletes to expand the capability and capacity of the United States to accommodate elite athlete training environments, host World Class competitions and events, and potentially to host Olympic and or Paralympic Trials.

Recreation Facilities Planning Priorities Grid (created by Recreation Commission) defines this as a campus facility that includes trainers, low-cost housing, dining, training and partnerships, with the ability to support branded high-altitude sports and produce town wide events and major festivals. The document cites this as a long-term project that is mentioned in the RECSTRATSParks & Recreation Master PlanTrails Master Plan and DRCEDS.

 

Current Status

At this time, the focus is not on a specific campus, but the vision for High-Altitude Training is incorporated in all MLR priority phase projects. Current facilities, like the Whitmore Track, are also part of this vision.

 

Partners and Project Leads

There are a number of partnerships that have already been established as we create a “commonality of purpose” in our applications towards ascertaining a U.S. Olympic or Paralympic Training Site designation by the United States Olympic Committee:

 

Vision for the Facility

The integration of various existing and new facilities and activities could be crafted into a high-altitude training program that is utilized by locals and visitors alike. The region of Mammoth Lakes is recognized as a high-altitude training destination.

 

Location Options
  • The Whitmore Track Complex serves as the initial location, as the first stage has already been completed there. This stunning facility is the culmination of a successful public/private partnership between The Town of Mammoth Lakes and the newly expanded Mammoth Track Club. The Whitmore Track and Sports Field is an all-weather, 9-lane polyurethane running track, with a full-size synthetic turf infield that will serve to enhance Mammoth Lakes’ reputation as the premier high-altitude training destination for a multitude of endurance sports and recreation.
  • At a cost of $2.3 Million, construction began for Phase I of this facility on July 9, 2012, and completed on November 17, 2012. Phase 2 proposed projects include the construction of a sports building (locker/concession/storage), paved parking lot, field lighting, a decomposed granite path with fitness stations around the track, an open-air picnic pavilion and an entry sign. Funding for this facility was acquired from Measure R, Measure U, grants, industry sponsors, private donations, and local youth sporting organizations.
  • The third phase would be the completion of an application with the United States Olympic Committee seeking authorization of the Mammoth Lakes Region as a National Training Center.
  • In addition to expansion of current facilities, MLR will be actively engaged in developing programming opportunities for the Whitmore Track Complex as a means of maximizing use of the facility.

 

Cost Estimates

The projected budget for completing the extended campus is approximately $2.3 million. Operations and maintenance costs need to be included in the project. Corporate Sponsorship will be the primary source of funding for this project.

 

Timeline and Next Steps

The current action plans for High Altitude Training in Mammoth comes in two phases:

Phase 1: 

  • Identify competitive local/national/international sports that could train in the Mammoth Lakes Region based on the already established and/or natural amenities to the environment
  • Support the need for upgrading the amenities of those already identified sports that would support their growth and development in our region (athlete housing / technology based conference facilities / psychological & physical support)
  • Facilitate that NGO’s application that would meet the selection criteria as a USOC National Training Center
  • Create a coordinated effort to brand, market and program facilities

Phase 2: 

  • Identify competitive local/national/international sports that envision training in the Mammoth Lakes Region if there were facilities available to support their national training needs
  • Recruit corporate sponsors that will provide funding to build facilities that will support that NGO’s application to the USOC for a successful authorization as a National Training Center
  • Facilitate that NGO’s application that would meet the selection criteria as a USOC National Training Center.
  • Create a coordinated effort to brand, market and program facilities