Q: When will the new facility open?
A:Anticipated opening by January 2019
Q:What does the new facility include?
A:The new construction includes an 11,080sf gymnasium with 2 full size courts plus storage. There will be an elevated 3-lane track around the perimeter of the gymnasium (14 laps/1mile). There will also be a new 8,347 sf natatorium which includes: (4) 25-meter lap lanes, a lazy river, social/program area, a zero depth entry area with a play structure and water features, waterslide, whirlpool spa, steam/sauna rooms, an aquatic climbing wall, basketball hoops and volleyball. The water temp will be 86 and the air temp will be 87. There will be a new entrance on the southeast side of the building along with a new lobby, new locker rooms, new childcare space, new party/community rooms and casual activity space with vending. The existing pool and party room space will be renovated into the new 7,000sf fitness center and a fitness loft will be added in that area.
Q:Will any areas within the existing rec center close during construction?
•The existing fitness center and the gymnasium will remain open throughout construction.
•The existing pool and pool party room will remain open as long as possible. Those areas are scheduled to close 6 months prior to opening the new facility. We have an agreement with the City of Seven Hills for pool use during this time for members and residents. Details on the pool use at Seven Hills will be released very soon.
•The front entrance (facing Broadview Road), the main lobby and possibly the staircase/elevator in the southeast corner of the building will be closed beginning July 2017.
•The roadway in front of the recreation center will be closed for several months beginning in July 2017. Patrons will need to access the splash park and playground area by following the drive that goes behind the current recreation center to access the parking lot in that area.
Q:Will an operating levy be placed on the ballot?
•Yes, there will be a levy on the November 2017 ballot. It will be a .7 mil 15-year operating levy that would generate $456,711 annually for Parks & Recreation.
•This will be $2.04/month per $100,000 home valuation.
•These funds would be used for the increased operating costs of the expanded community and recreation center as well as other parks and recreation expenditures such as holiday events, the maintenance and improvements to athletic facilities, the skate park, the splash park, playgrounds, pavilions, tennis/pickleball courts, etc.
Q:What will the new membership rates be?
•The new rates have not been established at this time. The city has completed an operations study with a consulting firm which includes recommendations for new rates.
•If the operating levy passes, the membership rates will stay at or near the current rates.
•If the levy fails, there will be a considerable increase to membership rates to help offset the additional operating costs of the new expanded community and recreation center.