Budget coming together for Fraser Rec enhancement projects | SkyHiNews.com

Budget coming together for Fraser Rec enhancement projects

Katie Looby
Sky-Hi Daily News

As of June 24, Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District enhancement projects are budgeted at $21.6 million.

The recreation center will cost an estimated $14.92 million; the Pole Creek Golf Course clubhouse will cost $3.47 million; irrigation, $1.64 million; sports complex, $432,488; and water/sanitation at the sports complex, $1.12 million.

An estimated $1 million from bond proceeds and the rec district foundation’s additional $596,000 in funds raised has increased the budget for those projects to $21.15 million, Scott Ledin, Fraser Parks and Rec director, said last month. The Fraser Valley Recreation foundation is still waiting to hear about its application for $1 million in grant money.

About $1.34 million of the $19.5 million bond approved by voters in Novembers has already been spent.

The district has worked with ARC Integrated Program Management of Boulder to keep costs under control on the enhancement projects.

One of several cost-cutting measures was reducing the size of windows on the rec center.

Administration costs will also be cut once the building is complete as district offices move into the rec center.

Workers were originally going to install built-in countertops. Now, the area will include moving, pre-manufactured furniture” instead, because “fixed mill work is typically expensive,” said Austin Watson, district representative for ARC.

The district originally planned to build wood trusses above the pool area, instead of steel beams. The wood structure is still in the design above the lap pool, but “the majority of the space will be steel beams,” Watson said.

The sauna and steam room have also been cut from the budget.

“The space is still there,” Watson said, in case the district receives funding for it later.

The district also has a list of things not currently in the budget, but in the design.

“The add/alternates are in the design currently,” Watson said. “The intention would be to bring as many as we can ” if not all of them into the project.”

Other add-ons include a whirlpool, water slide, leisure play structure, hydronic heating system and fireplace.


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