Facility Expansion

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New Recreation Center is coming to Widefield Parks and Recreation

                We are excited to be moving forward with plans to build a new recreation center. After soliciting feedback from a facility expansion committee made up of community stakeholders and holding informational meetings at several schools across the district, we have completed conceptual plans for a new recreation center to be built on the main campus of Widefield Parks and Recreation located at 705 Aspen Drive. In collaboration with Architects LKA Partners and Nunn construction, we have spent the past several months working on the facility details during the design and development phase. Final design plans will be submitted for permits in the coming weeks. If materials are available as expected, we plan to start construction mid-March of 2022 with an estimated completion early May of 2023.

                The new recreation center and surrounding area will have new and improved features for the community to enjoy. The campus will see improvements and expansion of current parking lots, roadway changes, and on-site storm water improvements. The new recreation center will be approximately 65,000 square foot. The first floor will include a gymnasium containing three full-size basketball courts, dividing curtains, storage rooms, and a suspended walking track around the interior perimeter; two community meeting rooms with a kitchen; a child watch/preschool area, with storage, and teacher work rooms; an administration area; and men’s and women’s locker rooms. A second floor will include two exercise rooms, outdoor exercise deck, cardio, fitness and weight areas with staff offices. A subsequent future phase will convert the first floor general storage to family changing rooms and add 13,860 square foot for a lap pool and zero entry recreation pool.

Funding

Construction is expected to cost $22.5 million.

  • $17 million in certificates of participation (COPs) bonding
  • $5.5 million from the Widefield Parks and Recreation general fund

The debt service to pay back the COPs will be paid from:

  • Annual $1 million general fund transfer

Impact of Construction

               During the twelve month construction period, our campus will see several impacts. Parking lots, roadways, and sidewalks will have changes and improvements. The improvements will make the campus easier to navigate and more accessible. Unfortunately during construction, some areas will be closed off and parking will be limited. The new recreation center and campus roadway improvements will allow us to better serve the community needs in the future. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience.

New Recreation Center Concept Plans

We have completed conceptual plans for a new recreation center. Take a moment and check them out. We look to refine the design plans, start the permit process, and begin construction in early 2022.

Recreation Center Concept Plans

Community Meetings

We are excited to share with you some new possibilities because of our growth and prosperity.  Data collected over the past five years overwhelmingly support expansion of programming and facilities. Specific facility needs are a multi-use field house, fitness areas to include an indoor walking track, group exercise rooms, and an area for weight lifting, community rooms, and staff office space. As a part of making our main campus located at 705 Aspen Drive a community hub, we have started to explore options for constructing a building that would better meet the needs.

Community Meeting Video

Vision for Facility Expansion:

Grow Current Campus into a Community Hub

Facility Needs to Support Current Programs and Potential Program Growth:

  1. Multi-Use Field House
  2. Fitness Areas: Indoor Walking, Aerobic Exercise, Exercise with Equipment
  3. Community Rooms
  4. Staff Office Space

Support for Facility Expansion:

  • Remove many programs from schools
  • Community stakeholders overwhelming support expansion [1]
  • Local and national trends support activities and programs serviced in new facility [2]
  • Expand senior activities
  • The proposed facility will contribute to the overall economic health of the area by providing jobs, purchasing goods, and services locally and attracting visitors to the area.

[1] Widefield School District 3 Community Center Parks, Recreation, Facilities, and Trails Master Plan, Green Play, 2016

[2] Feasibility Study for Regional Recreational Facility, Ballard King, 2018