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Winter Park Council tours rec center, clubhouse construction sites

Autumn Phillips
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On Wednesday afternoon, the Winter Park Town Council was given a tour of the Fraser Valley recreation center and Pole Creek Golf Course clubhouse construction projects.

Tours will be offered to the public in the next couple months – watch the Sky-Hi Daily News for dates. (The recreation district will be issuing a press release next week about these tours.)

According to Scott Ledin, Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District parks and recreation director, the recreation center should be open to the public by early 2010.

The project will create as many as 10 additional jobs ” including the position of certified pool operator ” which will be posted in the fall and filled, possibly, by October, Ledin said.

The recreation district currently has five people on staff.

He hopes to hire the additional staff needed to run the new recreation center and train them for six to eight weeks before the doors open to the public.

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“There’s a lot to do to get this facility fully operational,” Ledin said.

Though the exact details have not been set, Ledin said the rec center will be open seven days a week, possibly from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, with more limited hours on weekends.

Wednesday’s tour showed the skeleton of the facility that would be. The walls and foundation of the 14,000-square-foot gymnasium were in place as well as the concrete poured for a two-lane running track that hangs from the wall a story above the basketball courts and gymnastics floor.

Once the rec center opens, the district will be able to move gymnastics and district offices into the facility for potential savings. The district currently pays about $30,000 a year for its lease on the gymnastics warehouse and about $15,000 a year for its lease on the office space in Fraser, Ledin said.

The walls, roof and most of the windows are also in around what will soon be two swimming pools. At one end of the room, a floor-to-ceiling window perfectly frames Parry’s Peak in the distance.

The room will contain a shallow leisure pool where parents can swim with children and a slightly deeper area for classes, such as water aerobics.

The secondary pool has four, 25-yard lanes for lap swimming and will be deep enough for diving and scuba lessons.

Excavation for the pools is expected to begin in April.

Pole Creek Golf Course clubhouse

The clubhouse at Pole Creek is almost complete. The first coat of paint is on and the tile is going down in the foyer and the bathrooms. Pole Creek Golf Club General Manager Larry Burks said he expects the clubhouse to be open by June 1, with a grand opening to be held sometime that month.

“It’s amazing how fast it’s going up,” Burks said. “All under budget.”

The restaurant/bar features an indoor/outdoor fireplace and natural light from windows that stretch up to the 24-foot ceilings.

A small covered deck and large uncovered patio will give golfers a place to sit in the sun on warm summer days with a view of the course.

Next week, a fleet of 100 new electric golf carts will arrive. The carts will be washed, stored and charged in the basement of the clubhouse ” rather than in outdoors as in past years.

“I think this is a very good public golf course clubhouse,” Burks said. “It’s not extravagant.

“But the views are incredible.”

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