Fraser rec district banks bond proceeds, ready to roll on enhancement projects
February 22, 2008
The Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District sold its bonds for the Community Enhancement Project on Feb. 7 and deposited a cool $20,011,633 into Millennium Bank a couple weeks later.
Along with the total cost of the projects ” $19.5 million ” the district also collected a premium of $511,633.
Projects are on the fast track, said Executive Director Cyndy Flores. The estimated date for the first disbursement payment will be the first or second week in March. That payment will go toward the hired construction managers and owners representative, ARC, and the design firm, Sink Combs Dethlefs.
Schematic designs for the projects are being drawn up, Flores added, so that the future general contractor can successfully bid on the projects. The district expects to have a general contractor selected by April 1.
The recreation center is expected to break ground in August, and if all goes well, it should be completed by December of 2009, Flores said. Most of the infrastructure has been put in place, and once approved by the town of Fraser, the five acres that are part of the Village at Grand Park will be deeded to the district.
“We’re very comfortable with the recreation center,” Flores said, adding that three members of the Fraser Valley Recreation Foundation are writing grants for additional funding.
The center currently has in its budget a three-lane lap pool with heated water, but with an additional grant, it could add a separate four- to six- lane pool with cooler water, which is ideal for competitive swimming. Flores admitted the competitive lap pool is a real need and demand.
“We’re going to have to figure out how to get it,” she said.
Flores is also writing up an energy impact grant for up to $500,000 for the center, and added that the district will incorporate as much sustainable design in the facility as possible.
Scott Ledin, director of parks and recreation, talked of installing solar panels on the roof to heat the pool, showers and all other domestic water. He has also been researching green building grants to see what’s available.
“It’s budget-driven,” he admitted. “So some of our energy components we’re not sure of yet.”
Ledin is also confident in the district’s architectural firm, which has an energy consultant as part of its team, he said. The district plans to look at various options, he added.
The new clubhouse at Pole Creek Golf Course could break ground as early as June 1, or in August depending on site location, and is expected to be completed by May of 2009. Construction on the new irrigation system, which starts in May, should be completed by August. That includes all 18 holes, Flores said.
The concessions stand at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex is on hold for now, due to challenges with piping water from Fraser to the park, Flores said. The project will happen, she added, but not until a solution is found.
The committees that are helping design the clubhouse and the recreation center consist of employees, board, staff and community members. A representative of Grand Park is also on the committee to represent Grand Park’s design review standards, Ledin said.
“We have included community members that have expertise in various areas,” he added.
Ledin encouraged community members to visit fraservalleyrec.org or fvrecfoundation.com to stay updated on the status of the projects.
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