Fraser rec district hopes to start major projects in the spring |

Fraser rec district hopes to start major projects in the spring

by Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News

Now that voters have passed the Community Enhancement Project, the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District is forging ahead with plans to implement the four components of the project.

Construction for the recreation center, which is currently proposed at 48,667 square feet, could start as early as next spring. Executive Director Cyndy Flores said the district plans to send out requests for proposals next week and hire architects, general contractors and a project manager by the end of December.

“If all goes well, we hope to break ground next spring,” she said.

The recreation center will be located on the west side of U.S. 40, at the far south end of Cozens Meadow known as the town center. The land and infrastructure are being donated by Cornerstone Holdings, and Clark Lipscomb, president of Grand Park, is undergoing land transfer procedures with Fraser’s planning commission over the next three to four months.

Although plans are subject to change, the plan for the recreation center involves a 10,000- to 15,000-square-foot leisure pool, with water toys, a lazy river, a slide and lap lanes. It is also proposed to have a sauna, a steam room, a hot tub and locker rooms.

Flores said the center is currently planned to have a 6,000-square-foot multi-activity court gymnasium, and a 5,500-square-foot gymnastics area. It will also have a 4,100-square-foot weight and fitness area, a 1,430-square-foot aerobics and dance studio, a chid care room and two multi-use community rooms.

The district is also looking into adding additional components, Flores said, such as a walking and running track, a climbing wall and additional lap lanes.

Scott Ledin, director of parks and recreation, said the district’s board of executives will know more about what direction the district plans to go after it discusses plans at its next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

“I think we’re hopeful all four of these projects will see some level of construction sometime in 2008,” Ledin said.

That depends largely on the design phase, however, and other variables.

Flores said she believes the clubhouse at Pole Creek Golf Course and the rec. center should have the same time frame (spring), and she will be proposing that plan to the board. The clubhouse is proposed to be 12,653 square feet, and includes a 1,500-square-foot restaurant, a 1,100-square-foot commercial kitchen, a 1,050-square-foot pro shop, and golf cart storage.

Construction of the golf course’s new irrigation system will most likely start in the spring and summer as well, and one nine-hole irrigation system should be completed by 2008, Flores said. The system will probably be implemented on the Meadow course first, she added.

The only project that may hit some obstacles is the concessions stand at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex. The concessions stand would include restrooms, a maintenance office, a 590-square-foot storage and mechanical room, and a 240-square-foot concession area. But in order to get running water to the field, the district must work with the Colorado Department of Transportation and the railroad to gain rights of way across their property.

“That one may take more time,” Flores said.

But the exact timeline will depend on the board’s final decision, and the result of the request for proposals. The board of executives may also decide to form a local volunteer committee next year to help brainstorm ideas for the projects.

“I think we’re all chomping at the bit to move forward and get to the design phase,” Ledin added.

The design process is expected to start in January 2008.

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