Initial plans for for Fraser rec center unveiled
Representatives for the Community Enhancement Projects’ design and overall project planning presented an update on the projects at Tuesday night’s meeting, where they unveiled floor plans for the community recreation center.
Scott Brown of ARC, the owners representative hired for the project, told the Fraser Valley Recreation Metropolitan District’s board of directors that the recreation center is on schedule to begin at the end of August. There are some things that need to be worked out with Grand Park, he added, such as platting, but Brown said he feels confident those things will get resolved as the project moves forward.
Request for qualifications (RFQs) for the Pole Creek Clubhouse and the recreation center have been received. The RFQs were created with the input of the recreation center’s and the clubhouse’s facility committee, which is made up of community members, some of the district’s staff members and board members.
Andrew Barnard of Sink Combs Dethlefs, the architect company hired for the projects, presented a floor plan of the recreation center that reflected what was discussed at the last facility committee meeting, he said.
One of the big issues that came out of the discussion was how the building addressed the meadow, he said. The new design he showed last night displayed the multi-use room and the child-sitting room facing the meadow, with a patio.
On the upper floor, the plan showed the group exercise room and fitness center facing the meadow, and he also placed the indoor pool near the main entry of the center, so when people enter it is the first thing they see.
Barnard said the committee also had discussions with Grand Park representatives about planning issues and architectural style. He added there was good dialogue on trying to be on the same page with Grand Park. Another element will be the hotel that is planned for Grand Park’s village, Barnard said. The idea of connecting the hotel and the center in the future will be a key element, he added.
Another hot topic for the committee was thinking long-term about the center’s ability to expand in the future. Barnard’s design showed some future expansion possibilities, such as expanding the fitness zone and adding a running track.
Brown said he will have a schematic design package and general contract financials at the next meeting, which is set for March 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Winter Park Town Hall.
He also anticipates holding two community presentations toward the end of March and possibly end of April, but no dates have been determined yet.
As for the clubhouse at Pole Creek, the district hopes to get the project started in August, but whether that will happen at that time depends on several factors, Barnard said.
Soliciting grants for recreation center
Director of Parks and Recreation Scott Ledin told the board he has enlisted more members for the Fraser Valley Recreation Foundation, who will be working on the community’s “wish list” for the recreation center.
President of the foundation, Karen Waeschle, has secured $60,000 for a lap addition to the indoor pool, which will make it a cool water swimming area, ideal for competition. Two additional grants totaling $450,000 have also been applied for, Ledin added.
The estimated cost for the addition to the pool is roughly $600,000, he said.
“We are looking at any and all funding methods,” he said.
Ledin is also researching sustainable design options, and Executive Director Cyndy Flores added she is pursing an Energy Impact Grant for $500,000.
Update on Pole Creek Golf Course
General Manager Larry Burks said the tree removal process at the golf course starts today and will move into mid-March. They are taking out about 1,600 trees this year, and spraying trees that affect the playing field.
Burks said he believes the board should look at other alternatives besides spraying, since he has not seen much success with it. Other programs, such as a tree planting program, should be encouraged, and bringing in other species of trees. He hopes to head more toward those types of projects this summer.
The golf course has not found anyone to manage the restaurant yet, Burks added ” although he has gotten more interest in the past week. Mary Moynihan, golf shop manager, added it is difficult to entice someone “when you’re not sure what the summer will look like this year.”
“There will be some growing pains as we go into next winter possibly without a clubhouse,” Burks admitted. “But we can make it work.”
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