Land Agreement attached: Grand Park / Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District
August 22, 2008
4.92-acre parcel of land located in The Village at Grand Park deeded for a new public indoor recreation center
Last week, Clark Lipscomb, President of Grand Park, officially deeded a 4.92-acre parcel of land for the new public recreation center to the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District (FVMRD). Officiated by Andrea Lemmenes of The Title Company of the Rockies, Clark Lipscomb and Dan O’Connell, President of the FVMRD Board, signed the final papers surrounded by a group of local supporters. The Deed and Plat for the property were delivered to the Grand County Clerk and Recorder Wednesday, Aug. 13.
The plat recording was the final step in getting the building permit, which was issued yesterday by the Town of Fraser. With ground breaking expected later this month, Scott Ledin, Director of Parks and Recreation said, “We expect the Rec Center to be complete in December 2009.”
The new Rec Center is planned to be nearly 50,000 square feet and include a lap pool, leisure pool, walking/running track, gymnasium, weight room, dance and aerobics room, and an hourly daycare located immediately adjacent to the open space corridor Grand Park has preserved. It will house the offices of the FVMRD and include classroom space as well.
The Grand Park site was initially identified in 2007 as the prime location for a new rec center taking into consideration its central location to the Towns of Fraser and Winter Park, highway visibility, views, and the Village now under construction. The Town of Fraser initially approached Lipscomb to make the donation. “Since Grand Park is committed to enhancing the quality of life and economy in the Winter Park area, the decision to make the donation was not difficult. Living in the valley, I recognize the need for more indoor recreation and was thrilled to be a part of a community-wide effort to bring more opportunity for quality of life improvements to the Valley,” said Lipscomb.
Big Valley Construction, a Grand County builder, is constructing the rec center. In addition to Grand Park, local support has come from the Town of Winter Park and through the grant writing efforts of the FVMRD Foundation members.
The Rec Center is part of a bond issue that was passed last November for four community enhancement projects presented by the Recreation District. In addition to a new rec center, the projects include improvements at Pole Creek Golf Club for a new clubhouse and irrigation system and a permanent restroom facility and storage area at the Fraser Sports Complex, an outdoor facility that provides soccer, baseball and ice-skating.
Grand Park has a history of community philanthropy through the Cornerstone Community Foundation, a 501(C)3 organization initially established with $500,000 from Grand Park. The Foundation has given over $77,000 to local charities since its inception in 2005. Grand Park and the Cornerstone Community Foundation are committed to the support of educational, cultural, and recreational pursuits with a mission to provide a more rounded quality of life experience for everyone in the Fraser Valley.